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Add comment on:Town Hall for Justice for Oscar Grant, Oakland, 8/29/09: audio
Marsha Polk, Brownie Polk's sister, is in attendance. Minister Keith speaks to how well regarded Brownie Polk was in the community versus the irrational fear so many police officers have of African American men. He discusses what is known about the Oakland police shooting of Brownie Polk and that OPD has a video of it that they have not released to the public. Minister Keith discusses the unfortunate (for justice) recent events surrounding BART's police oversight plan. He talks about BART's misleading press conference and BART's legislative lobbying efforts with Assemblymember Sandre Swanson for AB16. He talks about the BART Board meeting three days later where community members objected to BART's inaction regarding accountability and it was learned that the legislation BART was pushing was actually a severely weakened version of police oversight whereby the final say in police discipline would remain with the General Manager (who to date has done nothing to hold BART police accountable for their actions on January 1st). He discusses how in April BART effectively stopped AB312, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's attempt to establish police oversight at BART. Minister Keith also talks about how BART issued orders for all of its employees to never discuss the Oscar Grant case. Minister Keith discusses the importance of forces for justice remaining unified as there is still a long struggle yet to go. Gordon Humphreys opens this week's Town Hall with a prayer and introduces Minister Keith Muhammad:
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