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Sunset Vigil for Oscar Grant and All Police Victims Warns that Justice Is in Danger, 6/1/10: Photos
by dave id
On the eve of the beginning of the trial of Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant in Los Angeles County, family, friends, and community activists gathered for a vigil for Oscar Grant and all victims of police violence. Those gathered solemnly recognized that the Judge overseeing the trial, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry, has granted a number of requests from Mehserle's defense attorney Michael Rains intended to shift the blame to Oscar Grant for his own murder. The location of the vigil, in front of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malleys office, was chosen to remind the DA that Mehserle is the one on trial, not Oscar Grant, and that the community demands a vigorous prosecution. Those in attendance were also adamant that regardless of if the history of police not being held to account for their crimes against people of color plays out once again in the Mehserle trial, the fight for justice will continue. A mass community gathering has been called for 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland at 6pm the day the Mehserle verdict is announced.
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