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People's Tribunal: Oscar Grant & the Epidemic of Police Brutality, Oakland, 3/22/09: audio
On Sunday, March 22nd, Revolution Books and the Bay Area Revolution Club held a "People's Tribunal" at Calvin Simmons Middle School in Oakland to examine the police murder of Oscar Grant III and countless others. Activists, an academic, a former BART employee, the author of Stolen Lives book, and families spoke to share their experiences and learnings from being the victims of police abuse and/or confronting the issue.
Reiko Redmonde introduces Oscar Grant's aunt, Zeporia Smith, who speaks here:
from the printed flier for the event:
Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Tyisha Miller, Jerrold Hall, Gary King, Anita Gay, Jerry Amaro, Andrew Moppin, Jody Woodfox, Mark Garcia, Jose Buenrostro, Asa Sullivan, Michael Chou, Julio Paredes, casper Banjo, Idriss Stelley, Oliver Lefiti, Lukke Grinage, Raphael Grinage, Glen Willis, Richard, DeSantis, and thousands more...
...have been shot, tasered, pepper-sprayed or beaten to death by law enforcement. Yet in the last 15 years, only 6 cops were even charged with murder -- and NONE CONVICTED!
The system must not be allowed to cover up his murder and let killer-cop Johannes Mehserle walk free!
The People's Tribunal will expose the truth about the killing of Oscar Grant and the nationwide epidemic of police brutality. Come hear relatives of victims of police murder, journalists, legal experts, arrested activists, and other present testimony, evidence, and analysis.
online announcement: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/04/18575004.php
Reiko Redmonde examines the known video footage of the murder of Oscar Grant and the abuse of Oscar Grant and his friends. Larry Everest begins the discussion of police racial profiling.
Lita Gomez reads a letter she sent to Oakland and Hayward city officials.
Cornelius Hall was not present. A pre-recorded statement was played.
Tryon Woods speaks about racial profiling.
Families Against Murder by Law Enforcement (FAMLE)
Lou Brown speaks about the felony case against David Santos that arose from the Oscar Grant Rebellion of January 7th.
The same OPD officer, Hector Jimenez, also killed Andrew Moppin in July 2008 and has been on paid leave ever since.
Gene Pepi speaks about BART's long-time racial profiling and the lessons learned from the BART police murder of Jerrold Hall.
Opie Santos closes out the event with a statement on America in 2009.
photos of most of the speakers can be found here: