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|Oscar Grant: Killer Cop Granted Release: Emergency Action Statewide|
|Date||Monday February 02|
|Time||4:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
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OAKLAND: 4:00PM - Rally at Rene C. Davidson Courthouse (12th St. + Oak, near 12th St. Oakland City Center BART)
UC-BERKELEY: 12:00PM - Rally at Sather Gate/Sproul Plaza (near Bancroft + Telegraph)
UC-RIVERSIDE: Details will be posted soon.
UC-SANTA BARBARA: 12:30PM - Meet at the Arbor. Wear red!
UCLA: 12:00PM - Press Conference, Bruin Plaza, Meet at the Bear
ON FEBRUARY 2nd, WE:
* Demand an independent public investigation of Oscar Grant's murder.
* Announce our public tribunal to conduct an independent community based investigation of what happened New Year's night
* Demand the jailing of all the killer cops - including Johannes Mehserle, Tony Pirone, Marysol Domenici, J. Woffinden
* Demand the disarming of the BART police, and BART police out of Oakland
* Demand that all the charges against the protesters be dropped
If you are organizing an action in your area, please comment on the Wall and we'll include it here.
Sign and circulate the JUSTICE FOR OSCAR GRANT PETITION. By getting thousands of signatures, we greatly strengthen the movement's ability to press our demands:
This is BAMN's press release in response to the granting of bail to Oscar Grant's killer, Johannes Mehserle:
KILLER COP GRANTED RELEASE FROM JAIL - BAMN RESPONDS
* District Attorney Orloff Doesn't Even Ask for Denial of Bail
* BAMN Plans to Assemble an Independent Public Tribunal to Investigate Grant's Killing
* Emergency Response Demos Statewide Monday, Feb. 2
Hundreds of community members and friends and family of Oscar Grant present at Alameda County Courthouse today were outraged after Officer Mehserle was granted release upon $3 million bail. District Attorney Tom Orloff's office and his assistant DA did not even try to ask for denial of bail.
"The fix is in—it is the aim of the prosecutor's office to let Johannes Mehserle, Tony Pirone, and the other BART cops get away with murder," said Yvette Felarca, Northern California coordinator of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). "Orloff has not even charged Pirone and the other killer cops who were clearly accomplices to murder. He's protecting them. He's hiding the identities of the other killer cops by instructing BART not to release their names."
"What's needed now is an independent investigation and an independent public tribunal of and for the people of Oakland to gather as much information as possible so that the truth of Oscar Grant's killing is not buried," said Ronald Cruz, BAMN organizer and Berkeley Law student. "It's clear that Oscar Grant is not going to get justice through the police, the Alameda prosecutor's office, or any of the official bodies. BAMN calls on unions, churches, and community organizations to join us in pulling together this independent investigation and series of public hearings. Any witnesses who saw the killing or who has evidence, should get that evidence to BAMN, either directly or anonymously."
"Mayor Ronald Dellums has got to break his silence, and make clear he seeks justice for Oscar Grant and is prepared to defend black and Latino youth of Oakland against police terror, brutality, and murder," said Felarca. "Dellums must speak out against the handling of the investigation and prosecution of this case."
In addition to the independent public tribunal, BAMN plans demonstrations, including emergency response demonstrations statewide Monday, February 2.
BAMN has also launched a mass petition campaign demanding: (1) jail all the killer cops, (2) disarm the BART police and keep BART police out of Oakland, (3) open an independent public investigation, and (4) drop all the charges against protesters.
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)