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BART Cop Marysol Domenici Involved In Grant Shooting Fired
by KTVY report
Thursday Mar 25th, 2010 6:00 PM
'Bout time!!!
Posted: 4:48 pm PDT March 25,2010Updated: 5:21 pm PDT March 25,2010
OAKLAND, Calif. -- One of the BART police officers involved in the New Year's Day shooting last year that ended in the death of Oscar Grant has been fired, according to a BART spokesman.

The officer, Marysol Domenici, was one of the first two BART police officers to respond to the call of a fight on board a BART train. Her partner was Tony Pirone, the officer Grant's family and their attorney blamed for escalating the situation that led to the shooting by fellow officer Johannes Mehserle, now charged with murder.

As KTVU first reported last year, an internal investigation of the shooting conducted by Meyers Nave have recommended that BART fire both Domenici and Pirone. But it has taken this long for that to happen. KTVU also learned that the administrative hearings for both Domenici and Pirone have been held separately; Domenici's first. She was a black belt in karate and a training instructor for the police department. Sources say that if she's fired, it is highly likely that Pirone's firing will soon follow.

Both officers have been on administrative leave since the day of the killing, drawing their salary but not working.
While it is true that the entire BART police force should be eliminated, the firing of the female cop, Marysol Domenici, who did not hit anyone, but not the male cop, Tony Pirone, who did, demonstrates that this is just a scapegoating publicity stunt. BART probably does not need her testimony but they probably do need Pirone's so they made a show of doing something, tossing a crumb to the outraged community. Nothing less than the complete elimination of the BART police force will do. It is outrageous that BART continues to allow them to carry guns and tasers; tasers should be abolished worldwide. These thugs do not protect anyone on BART; they are clearly terrorists. Fire all of t hem now!
by baby steps
Friday Mar 26th, 2010 9:16 AM
Pirone's testimony, bad as it has already been for the defense in previous Mehserle hearings, will have even less credibility coming from a cop who was fired from his job at BART. That's bad news for Mehserle's trial and good news for us.
by Hypatia
Friday Mar 26th, 2010 11:59 AM
Actually, she is alleged to have been tapping people in the forehead with her taser, cursing them and threatening them. That's incorrect use of the taser, not to mention assault.

She should have been fired a long time ago.

I think she doesn't deserve the protection she's getting. We have yet to see a photograph of her, as we have seen of Mehserle and Pirone.

She was a first and primary instigator of what happened on that platform.

Again: she deserved to be sacked. It shouldn't have taken this long.
by Konsider
Saturday Mar 27th, 2010 1:21 AM
Was a purpose given for Domenici's firing? If not, they may well be intending that she respond with a lawsuit. This would thus further distance both BART and Domenici from any impressions one might have of culpability.