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Did BART Cop who Killed Oscar Grant Mistake Gun for Taser?

by San Francisco Bay View (reposted)
Originally From New America Media

Thursday, January 8, 2009 : We cannot expect to receive any reports except those that justify, excuse or minimize the killing of Oscar Grant by BART police at 2 a.m. New Years Day. It begins with the first report of an officer-involved shooting: a term that serves to evade the issue of circumvention of justice and remove the shocking lethality, while assigning the killer a passive role - reduced to merely being involved in some unstated way.
The Oakland Tribune story Man dies in BART officer-involved shooting is a perfect example. The report completely removes the killer from the killing and shifts responsibility to a mischievous little self-willed, but incontinent, gun: an officers gun discharged, wounding Grant.

Now the San Francisco Chronicle provides an example of journalism sacrificed in service of police deception: One source familiar with the investigation said BART is looking into a number of things, including whether the officer had meant to fire his Taser stun gun rather than his firearm.

The Taser excuse is so preposterous that the source preferred to remain anonymous. Why is the Chronicle printing unaccountable rumors? Yet the article begins with the official BART statement: BARTs police chief asked for patience from the public today after video footage surfaced showing one of his officers fatally shooting an unarmed man he found the footage to be inconclusive.

So, officially, we should wait for the police investigation, and not believe our lying eyes. Yet, unofficially, police anonymously spread disinformation that would have us believe that it was something less than the murder we see in several witnesses videos.

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by You
The taser was on his left side gun on his rights. News reports say he had his taser out at one point put it back and reached for his gun. This is an OUTRAGE!
Many people have been calling for FBI (violation of Civil rights) to get involved and Attorney John Burris of Oakland, CA has been playing down the severity of the killing in order to enhance his chances of winning the 33% (maybe 40%) of $25,000,000. Watch Mr. Burris' news inteview from several nights ago and you will hear him playing down Federal involvement.

John Burris SOLD-OUT the black community and the Grant family for proper justice. What a disgrace!!!

Demand FBI involvement!!!
by Devil in Disguise?
Is John Burris the devil in disguise? Why is he not connecting the executions of other youth of color shot in the back on New Years eve for BART fare evasion?
by JusticeNow
Fire BART Police Supervisors or Higher Ups who allowed the killer to walk away!!!
by Alastair
Intentionally tasering someone who is face down and handcuffed would in itself be grounds for disciplinary or legal action against a police officer. This murder must be seen for what it is: fascist police believing that their mission is to rid the world of anyone who does not conform to the culture of the regime.
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