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Sun Jul 12 2009 (Updated 01/01/20)
Justice for Oscar Grant Archive
Indybay Coverage of the Justice for Oscar Grant Movement:
In the early hours of January 1, 2009, Oscar Grant III was murdered by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, shot in the back as he lay face-down on the Fruitvale BART platform with BART officer Tony Pirone's knee in his shoulder. Mehserle resigned before speaking to police investigators and was charged with murder on January 13, 2009. BART hired outside organizations to conduct investigations of events surrounding the shooting and their police force overall, but in 2009 BART took next to no action to reprimand any of its officers or supervisors for their actions that night nor General Manager Dorothy Dugger for their handling of the situation after the murder (Chief Gee was allowed to retire at the end of the year with full benefits). Marysol Domenici was the first person fired by BART related to the incident; she was let go on March 24, 2010. One month later, on April 22nd, 2020, BART police officer Tony Pirone was fired. Each had been paid over $100,000 by BART since the murder. Mehserle's trial was held in the month of June 2010. On July 8, 2010, Mehserle was convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter, with a gun enhancement, the least of the charges with which the jury could have convicted him. Mehserle was sentenced to two years and was released on June 13, 2011 after having served only eleven months. Marysol Domenici has been rehired by BART. Activists pushed for the U.S. Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Mehserle, Tony Pirone, and other BART officers and supervisors involved in the shooting and ensuing cover-up, but the Justice Department never took any action towards holding BART accountable.

Fred Collins was killed by BART and Oakland police on July 17, 2010, near the Fruitvale station. On July 3, 2011, BART police killed Charles Hill inside of the Civic Center station. BART police officer Joseph Mateu shot Sahleem Tindle three times in the back outside of the West Oakland BART station on January 3, 2018. Activists protested these killings in BART stations and in the board room. The fight for justice for Oscar Grant and other victims of BART police violence continues.

Since early January 2009, thousands of related posts have been published to Indybay — video, audio, photos, and reports such as first hand accounts of protests, court hearings, and more. In order to consolidate the history and developments in the movement for justice for Oscar Grant, this feature was created. It centralizes the multitude of related stories and has its own unique web address:

Highlighted Videos:
video Oscar Grant Tribute Video | video NLG Victory for Oscar Grant Protesters | video "Hands Off Oakland Rebels" short video to support Oakland 100 re-released | video Family of Oscar Grant Celebrates Victory, Mehserle to Face Murder Charge, 6/4/09 | video Operation Small Axe trailer

(much more video in features below)

Below are the related Indybay features to date. Numerous posts are included within most features. For the very latest posts, check the Police State and/or Racial Justice pages' newswires.

Tue Jan 8 2019 (Updated 01/09/19)
video Oscar Grant Honored at Fruitvale BART Station
Oakland Remembers Oscar Grant on Tenth Anniversary of His Murder

Fri Jan 4 2019 (Updated 01/05/19)
photo A Celebration of the Justice for Oscar Grant Protesters
Without Rebellions and Protests, Oscar Grant Would Have Received Little Justice

Tue Jan 5 2016 (Updated 01/06/16)
photo Seventh Anniversary Vigil Remembers Oscar Grant
Mother of Oscar Grant Calls for Peace and Unity to End Police Violence at Annual Vigil

Wed Dec 30 2015 (Updated 01/01/16)
photo Victory for the Black Friday 14
Year-Long Campaign in Support of the Black Friday 14 Leads to All Charges Being Dropped

Sun Nov 22 2015 (Updated 12/31/15
photo Labor and BLM Demand: “Drop the Charges Against the Black Friday 14!”
Black Friday 14 Action a Prelude to Huge Rally to Raise Oakland Minimum Wage to $15/Hr

Thu Jan 15 2015 (Updated 11/21/16
photo A Brief History of BART Protests
BART Protests: 1991 through 2015

Fri May 9 2014 (Updated 05/10/14)
video Woman Beaten Repeatedly for Allegedly "Dancing on BART, Soliciting Money"
Young Black Woman Brutalized by BART Police and Santa Rita Deputies

Tue Feb 18 2014 (Updated 02/19/14)
audio pdf Federal Judge Rules That Indybay Journalist Can Sue BART Police For Retaliatory Arrest
Indybay Reporter Targeted by BART PD Prior to & Arrested at Powell Street Station Protest

Mon Feb 17 2014
audio photo Man Tased on BART Train Repeatedly for "Doing Nothing"
Video Shows BART Police Officer Tase Non-Violent African American Man Twice on Train

Thu Jan 16 2014 (Updated 01/19/14)
audio photo “We Are All Still Oscar Grant!”
Oakland Vigil Marks Five Years of Struggle for Justice for Oscar Grant

Mon Jun 24 2013
audio photo Oscar Grant Protesters Vindicated in Legal Settlement
NLG Wins $1 Million & Reforms for OPD's Illegal Mass Arrest of Oscar Grant Protesters on Nov 5, 2010

Thu Jan 3 2013 (Updated 01/04/13)
audio photo Oscar Grant Remembered at Fruitvale BART Vigil
Family, Friends, and Community Activists Gather for 4th Annual Vigil for Oscar Grant

Thu Jun 14 2012
video photo pdf No Badge for Johannes Mehserle
California Appeals Court Rules Mehserle Felony for Killing of Oscar Grant Shall Stand

Sat Jun 9 2012
pdf Charges Dismissed Against September 8th BART Arrestees
Arrestees Including Indybay Reporter Have Charges Dropped from SF BART Station Mass Arrest

Thu Dec 29 2011 (Updated 1/5/12)
video photo pdf Oscar Grant: Gone But Not Forgotten
Oscar Grant 3rd Anniversary Memorial March and Rally in Oakland

Fri Oct 7 2011 (Updated 10/09/11)
audio photo Letter to BART Board on Police Mistreatment of Journalists
Society of Professional Journalists Committee Scolds BART for Actions at Sept. 8th Protest

Wed Sep 7 2011 (Updated 09/13/11)
video audio photo Protesters Call to Disband the Murderous, Inept, Corrupt BART Police Department
No Justice No BART and Allies Call for "Spare the Fare" Protest in Powell Street BART

Sat Aug 13 2011 (Updated 08/15/11)
video photo BART Pulls Plug on Cell Phone Antennas to Silence Potential Protest
Civil Libertarians Object and Anonymous Promises Retaliation Against BART for Censorship

Fri Jul 22 2011
photo Why was Johntue Caldwell, Oscar Grant’s best friend, murdered?
Johntue Caldwell Murdered as Pending Lawsuit Against BART Police Still Unresolved

Tue Jul 19 2011 (Updated 07/31/11)
video audio photo Justice for Charles Hill BART Action Shuts Three Stations in San Francisco
In Protest of BART Police Killing of Charles Hill, Trains Disrupted for Over Two Hours

Tue Jun 14 2011 (Updated 06/15/11)
pdf NLG Files Lawsuit Against Oakland Police
Class Action Lawsuit Asserts Constitutional Violations at Oscar Grant Demonstrations

Sun Jun 5 2011 (Updated 06/14/11)
video audio photo pdf Community Protests Release of Johannes Mehserle
Oakland Protests Greet Release of Killer Cop Johannes Mehserle on June 12th

Tue Jan 11 2011
photo pdf Files Reveal Police and Fed Strategies Regarding Oscar Grant Protests
As 2nd Anniversary of Murder of Oscar Grant Marked, New Police Files Are Exposed

Thu Fri Nov 5 2010 (Updated 11/07/10)
photo Johannes Mehserle Gets Minimum Sentence of Two Years
Community Gather in Oakland to React to Mehserle Sentencing; 152 Arrested in Night March

Thu Oct 21 2010 (Updated 10/27/10)
video photo pdf October 22–23 Days of Action Against Police Brutality
O22/23: East Oakland, Eureka, Fresno, Modesto, Justice for Oscar Grant Rally in Oakland

Wed Jul 21 2010 (Updated 07/27/10)
video audio photo Counter-Protesters Outnumber Pro-Mehserle Demonstrators
Anti-Police Brutality Demonstrators Confront Pro-Police Rally in Walnut Creek

Thu Jul 8 2010 (Updated 07/11/10)
video audio photo Mehserle Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter
"No Justice, No Peace, Fuck the Police!!!"

Fri Jul 2 2010 (Updated 07/11/10)
video audio photo Jury Deliberations Have Begun, Mehserle Verdict Date Unknown
Oakland, Bay Area, and Los Angeles Anxiously Await Decision in Historic Trial of Officer

Thu Jun 10 2010 (Updated 06/12/10)
video audio photo pdf Historic Mehserle Trial for Murder of Oscar Grant Underway in L.A.
Oakland Community Wary of Outcome as BART Cop Johannes Mehserle's Murder Trial Begins

Sun Apr 11 2010 (Updated 04/12/10)
video audio photo BART Action Disrupts Trains with "No Justice, No Rush" in San Francisco
Embarcadero BART Protest Keeps Pressure on Agency; Mass Arrests in Olympia & Seattle Demos

Sun Apr 4 2010
video audio photo April 8-9 West Coast Days of Action Against State Violence
Portland Actions Inspire Call-Out from the Bay to the Sound: No More Police Killings!

Wed Feb 17 2010
video audio photo Last Two of the Oakland 100 Headed to Trial
JR Valrey and Holly Works Face Years of Jail Time Over Oscar Grant Rebellions

Tue Jan 5 2010 (Updated 01/07/10)
video audio photo One-Year Anniversary of Oscar Grant Murder Marked in Oakland
Community Activists in Los Angeles Demonstrate at First L.A. Court Hearing January 8th

Fri Nov 27 2009
video audio photo pdf Judge Orders Mehserle to Be Tried in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Set to Host Oscar Grant Murder Trial But Could Still End Up in San Diego

Mon Oct 19 2009 (Updated 10/28/09)
video "One More Reason for a Powerful October 22nd Protest‏"
October 22nd, 2009 — National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

Sun Oct 18 2009
audio photo pdf Mehserle's Trial to Be Held Outside of Alameda
Mehserle's Trial for Murder of Oscar Grant Ordered Moved Due to Protesters & Jury "Bias"

Thu Sep 24 2009
video Gabe Meyers First Oscar Grant Protester to Be Sentenced
Gabe Meyers Sentenced to 30 Days Labor or Jail For Paint Action at BART Meeting

Sun Sep 20 2009
video audio photo pdf J.R. Valrey on Trial for Felony Charges in Oscar Grant Rebellion
Community Journalist J.R. Valrey Targeted by Oakland Police in Bogus Arson Arrest

Sun Sep 20 2009
video audio photo pdf Mehserle's Attorney Accuses Community Activists of Spreading "Disinformation"
Johannes Mehserle's Racist Change of Venue Motion Cites Indybay and Community Activists

Fri Sep 4 2009
video audio photo pdf BART Police Oversight Plan Dead
Community Activists Take to BART Trains Again to Inform Riders About BART's Rogue Police

Sun July 21 2009 (Updated 07/22/09)
video audio pdf No Justice No BART Takes the Truth to the Trains
NJNB Informs Public About Officer Pirone's Racism and Chief Gee's Defense of BART Officers

Wed Jul 15 2009
Advance the Struggle’s Analysis of the Oakland Rebellions of January
Justice for Oscar Grant: A Lost Opportunity?
[Discussion about the roles played by various groups in the movement for justice.]

Sun May 24 2009 (Updated 07/17/09)
video audio photo Murder Charge Sticks for Johannes Mehserle
Preliminary Hearing Concludes for BART Police Officer in the Murder of Oscar Grant III
[Includes notes from inside the court room all seven hearing days and court transcripts from the final three days.]

Tue Jun 16 2009
pdf Unfinished Acts: January Rebellions
Magazine Analyzes January Events Following the Murder of Oscar Grant

Fri May 1 2009 (Updated 05/19/09)
audio pdf First Public BART Meeting on Civilian Police Oversight
Four Months After Murder of Oscar Grant Public Meeting on BART Police to Be Held

Sun Apr 19 2009 (Updated 04/21/09)
video audio Caravan for Justice II Confronts California Prison Industrial Complex
Town Halls and Diverse Allies Head Back to Sacramento to Demand Changes to Unjust Laws

Mon Apr 13 2009 (Updated 04/15/09)
video audio photo Friends and Supporters of David Santos Demand Charges Be Dropped
David Santos, JR Valrey, & Drew Louis Face Felonies From January 7th Oscar Grant Rebellion

Fri Apr 10 2009 (Updated 05/22/09)
video audio photo No Justice No BART Takes Over BART Board Meeting to Press Demands
NJNB Presses for Public Meetings and Accountability; Separately, Paint Thrown on BART GM

Mon Mar 23 2009 (Updated 03/28/09)
video audio photo Second No Justice No BART Demo Hit Rockridge BART Station
No Justice No BART Aims to Shut Down MacArthur BART on April 2nd

Sun Mar 22 2009 (Updated 04/16/09)
video audio photo Five Die After Reported Gunfire Between Lovelle Mixon and Oakland Police
Oakland Police Kill African American Man in Haste; 4 Cops Also Die

Sun Mar 8 2009 (Updated 03/23/09)
video audio photo pdf No Justice No BART Stages First Action at Fruitvale Station
Disruptive Protests to Be Held at BART Stations Until Demands Met

Sun Mar 1 2009 (Updated 03/08/09)
video photo Rally and March for Oscar Grant on His 23rd Birthday
Upcoming Events Include BART Shutdowns and Recall of DA Orloff

Wed Feb 25 2009 (Updated 03/09/09)
video audio photo Caravan for Justice #1 Demands Justice for Oscar Grant and Others
Town Halls Culminate with Caravan to Sacramento to Demand Justice for People of Color

Mon Feb 16 2009 (Updated 02/25/09)
video audio photo Activists Take Over BART Board Meeting
Community Groups Assume Control of BART Meeting and Demand Justice for Oscar Grant

Wed Feb 4 2009 (Updated 03/01/09)
video audio photo Arrestee Solidarity, March for Stolen Lives, & More
Oakland 100 Rally & March by Supporters of Victims of Police Brutality Feb 6th

Wed Feb 4 2009
photo Groups demand all charges be dropped against the Oakland 100
Groups to show support for arrestees in front of Alameda County Courthouse during hearings

Fri Jan 30 2009 (Updated 02/25/09)
video audio photo BART Officer Who Shot Oscar Grant Has Bail Set At $3 Million
Protests in Oakland as Mehserle's Bail Set

Tue Jan 13 2009 (Updated 03/09/09)
video audio photo pdf Mehserle Arrested, Protests Continue
January 12th, 14th, 16th and 19th Protests Against Murder Of Oscar Grant

Thu Jan 8 2009 (Updated 02/25/09)
video photo Rally and Rage Over BART Police Murder of Oscar Grant
Fruitvale BART Station Rally Followed by Riots in the Streets of Oakland

Sat Jan 3 2009 (Updated 01/13/09)
video BART Police Shoot and Kill Man at Fruitvale BART Station
BART Police Murder Oscar Grant Early New Year's Day

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