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No Justice No BART Action at 12th St. BART Station in Oakland
Date Thursday July 16
Time 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Details
Meet by Frank Ogawa Plaza:
14th and Browadway, by the Flagpole
Event Type Protest
Emailnojusticenobart [at]
BART Officer Tony Pirone kneeled on Oscar Grant's Neck and called him a "BITCH ASS NIGGER" seconds before he was shot in the back by Officer Johannes Mehserle. BART Police Chief Gee watched this on video, and called it "Following protocol and performing his duties in a professional manner".


Meet by Frank Ogawa Plaza:
14th and Browadway, by the Flagpole

Yes, this is for real. "BITCH ASS NIGGER" are some of the last words Oscar Grant III heard before he was murdered by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on January 1st, 2009. Mehserle is standing trial for murder, and at Johannes Mehserle's pre-trial hearing, half a year after Oscar's murder, a lot more information came to light about what took place on January 1st, 2009. It's information that BART's General Manager and Police Chief have known all along, and have been trying to hide while lying to the public.

Court transcripts show that on January 1st, BART Police confiscated (stole) a high quality video from a passenger. The video captures Pirone's assault on Oscar and his racist slur. The transcripts reveal beyond a shadow of a doubt that Officer Tony Pirone beat Oscar (as well as other passengers), and then kneeled on Oscar's neck while calling him a “BITCH-ASS NIGGER”, seconds before Johannes Mehserle fired a fatal shot into the young man's back. But to this day, neither Tony Pirone nor any of the other officers who took part or facilitated the attack on Oscar have faced ANY consequences for their roles in his murder.

Instead, BART has attempted to protect Tony Pirone and the other corrupt BART Police Officers. On January 12th, knowing the public did not have access the confiscated video, BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger and Police Chief Gary Gee announced the results of their internal affairs investigation, exonerating ALL of the officers, including Tony Pirone, of any wrongdoing. Chief Gee said, "All of the other officers who responded to the incident at around 2:00 a.m. at the Fruitvale Station followed protocol and they performed their duties in a professional manner". In February, after video taken by witnesses showed Tony Pirone pushing and striking Oscar, Dugger tried yet another manipulation to quell protests from the public. Without consulting our elected officials on BART's Board of Directors, she hired her cronies at the law firm Meyers Nave to perform a second "independent" investigation. On April 3, while the investigation was still in full swing, Dugger instructed BART lawyers to file a legal brief blaming Oscar for his own murder. And it is now July, and although the Meyers Nave investigation was supposed to be concluded by May, Dugger's chosen law firm has yet to deliver any report at all.


Added to the calendar on Tuesday Jul 14th, 2009 4:43 PM

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by Oakland resident
Wednesday Jul 15th, 2009 12:52 AM
Tony Pirone needs to be charged for his role in this. As an accomplice to murder (now demonstrably a hate crime), for assault and battery, and for having perjured himself with his contradictory account of that night. All the officers on the platform January 1st failed in their duty, but Pirone and his girlfriend did the most to escalate the situation.

The fact that Dugger and Gee have maintained their support for these officers despite having this information indicates that they are utterly unfit to be trusted by the public.

This murder and the riots that followed have been a traumatic event for Oakland. But it seems like the the local government isn't interested in seeing justice done, and wouldn't have done anything if it weren't for the destruction. I hope people can find a way to put pressure on BART and the DA to do the right thing and make some real changes without any more destruction.

I will be coming to this protest, and I think everyone who wants justice for Oscar Grant should come out as well.
The fact that people had to riot just to get the guy placed under arrest should tell you that or have people already forgotten that?

I'm tired of begging the government for justice, liberty and so on.

We are not free if we have to ask.

We do not have freedom, only revocable privileges.

You want justice to prevail and real freedom that can't be suspended you have to fight and die for it.

That means go out and destroy and do battle!

And if you don't complete the job you will only receive half ass justice!

That's government for you!

by Interested
Saturday Jul 18th, 2009 1:20 PM
I have seen no media reports about the protest on Indybay or elsewhere, what happened? Any photos?
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