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Justice 4 Oscar Grant in McCovey Cove at Giants Playoff Game
by dave id
Thursday Oct 7th, 2010 6:58 PM
Huge banner in same cove Mehserle's brother has put up "Free Mehserle" banner at previous Giants games this season.

Message loud and clear to tens of thousands of baseball fans and TV cameras as November 5th sentencing approaches and Mehserle's attorney asks for new trial.
§night photo with ballpark lights on banner
by dave id Thursday Oct 7th, 2010 7:16 PM

http://www.justice4oscargrant.net

§photo from inside the stadium
by @ction Friday Oct 8th, 2010 1:12 AM

Mehserle boat arrives towards the end of the game and attempts to block the Justice 4 Oscar Grant banner. Both banners are clearly visible to fans watching the game inside the stadium.

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by for the win !
Thursday Oct 7th, 2010 10:20 PM
Glad to see the Justice 4 Oscar Grant boat out in the cove instead of the Free Mesherle, It was probaly good luck for the win, Go Giants & justice for 4 Oscar Grant and all those who have been denied that right by the police or other forms of injustice. Let's keep fighting for the win! Justice 4 Oscar and go Giants!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 7TH, 2010


OAKLAND ORGANIZERS BRING MESSAGE TO GIANTS PLAYOFF GAME

WHO: A-Team for Justice 4 Oscar Grant
WHAT: 40-FOOT BANNER, Justice 4 Oscar Grant
WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 2010, during Giants Playoff
WHERE: AT&T Park Cove, SF

It is not without compassion for the pains of the Mehserle family that we
chose to publicize an alternative message regarding the issue of “justice”
as it relates to the murder of Oscar Grant. In response to the positive
light given to Johannes Mehserle both in recent local media news stories
and through the massive banner hung on his brothers' sailboat, we wish to
present a similarly positive light for the victim of Mehserle’s crime,
showing due respect for Oscar Grants family and their loss. As Johannes
Mehserle was reportedly a good son, father, and brother, so was Oscar
Grant, and so were many other victims of fatal police shootings within the
last 3 months in California alone: Manuel Jamines, 37-years-old, of Los
Angeles, Rita Elias, 31 years-old, of Modesto, James Rivera, 16 years-old,
of Stockton, Fred Collins, 48 years-old, of Oakland and Michael Lee, 43
years-old, of San Francisco.

In light of these recent shootings by police officers we agree with
Mehserle’s family that there is nothing terribly exceptional about his
actions on the morning of 1/1/09 as a policeman in the line of duty,
however we do not believe that makes them acceptable. Mehserles actions
are indicative of a culture of police impunity. We want to see an end to
police impunity, especially in cases of violence and murder. Relying on
the courts for justice means relying on a dishonest system that demonizes
some and exonerates others; “justice 4 Mehserle” must take into account
above all justice for Oscar Grant.

Beyond jailing Mehserle, we seek a more comprehensive form of justice
which would demand a disbanding or at the least disarming of BART police,
the firing of officers complicit in the cover up of Oscar Grant’s murder,
repealing or revising the CA Police Bill of Rights, to help put an end to
the injustice that happens at the hands of police officers. In the
meantime, however, we remain under the rule of the current system and seek
justice within its parameters. While demanding the maximum sentencing for
Mehserle’s crime would simply mean another person behind bars, police
officers must be held accountable for violent actions just as civilians
are.

MAXIMUM SENTENCING FOR MEHSERLE
DISARM BART POLICE
REPEAL THE CA POLICE BILL OF RIGHTS
JUSTICE 4 OSCAR GRANT
by for the win!
Friday Oct 8th, 2010 8:38 PM
Didn't see the last pic of the free mesherle boat, thought only the Justicee 4 Oscar was out in the cove, like I said in the last post. Well, at least there is a Justice 4 Oscar Grant boat out and it wasn't just the Mesherle people getting all of the attention
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by @ction
Tuesday Oct 19th, 2010 9:00 PM
jail_killer_cops.jpeg
jail_killer_cops.jpeg

Today during the third game of the National League playoffs the Justice 4 Oscar Grant boat was joined by a second boat in McCovey Cove. The two additional banners on the second boat included the messaging, "Oscar Grant Was Murdered" and "Jail Killer Cops."

Though the Mehserle boat arrived early and dropped anchor in the front in the cove, the two boats of the Justice for Oscar Grant flotilla were able to position themselves strategically, and were again visible from inside the stadium. Lots of other boats were present in the cove, as this game was the first home game of the series. Many folks on the water expressed their support of the justice for Oscar Grant messaging. Some did not realize that there was a pro-Mehserle boat on the water and were excited to see the response. Many expressed disbelief that the 'cop boat' was there in the first place.

The Mehserle banners were not raised until the mid-point of the game. Fox news liked that. (http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/10/fox_gives_johannes_mehserle_na.php)
by bad cop
Tuesday Oct 19th, 2010 9:24 PM
If you didn't already know, there is a Free Johannes Mehserle page with frequent commentary by Mehserle's father, Todd, who is on the boat.

http://et-ee.facebook.com/group.php?gid=57224924496&v=wall

Today Todd Mehserle posted: If the Giants make it past the Phillies I need to raise $$$$ to make a Jail Criminals NOT cops. Banner. There are at least two OG boats here today...
by anon
Wednesday Oct 20th, 2010 9:23 AM
Johannes Mehserle's father that put up the banners.