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Town Hall for Justice on Racial Profiling, OPD, BART, Justice Department, 7/18/09: audio
Minister Keith Muhammad notes that as of this Town Hall for Justice for Oscar Grant, not a singly policing policy has changed in California, except that maybe police officers might be a little more wary of using force in "routine traffic stops" for fear of a video camera documenting their actions. He then goes on to discuss early known details of the Oakland police killing of Parnell Smith on July 15th and police officers like BART officer Tony Pirone having a sense of ownership of city streets or BART trains rather than a sense of accountability to the public. What they end up doing is protecting property rights rather than people. Police in urban areas fail in their primary mission -- for instance, ninety percent of Oakland's murders go unsolved. Laws like three strikes have proven ineffective in their stated goals but effective in discriminating against lower income people of color. A fear of police results from racial profiling and discriminatory laws.
Town Hall on Mehserle, BART, Oscar Grant Tribute Video, Reparations March, 7/11/09: audio
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