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Add comment on:BART claims officers defended themselves against Oscar Grant and not at fault in murder
BART is claiming in its defense against the civil suit brought against it for the murder of Oscar Grant that the officers on the platform January 1st were defending themselves against an unruly passenger and were not at fault in the execution of Oscar Grant. Had they not responded with force against Grant, the former grocery store worker would have beaten them. Yes, beaten them. The cops that night were an armed gang - pushing, striking, illegally detaining, threatening, and harassing Oscar Grant and his friends without cause. The cops were armed with guns, tasers, and clubs. They had radios and more. Sit, kneel, lay down -- Oscar Grant and his friends did everything the cops said to do. And THE COPS were the ones who were afraid and just defending themselves?!? This is pathetic, and UNacceptable. It is the same defense cops always use when they shoot unarmed people. They play up this imaginary fear they had that lead to the killing. BART cops used it when they shot Jerrold Hall in the back of the head with a shotgun and BART's using it again after they shot Oscar Grant in the back.
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