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Civil Disobedience to Hold BART Cop Tony Pirone Accountable
Date Thursday April 08
Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Details
Embarcadero BART Station Platform
San Francisco
Event Type Protest
Emailinfo [at]
Civil Disobedience to Hold BART Cop Tony Pirone Accountable

Early on New Year's Day 2009, Tony Pirone physically and verbally assaulted BART passengers Oscar Grant and his friends at the Fruitvale BART station. Tony Pirone then put his knee into Oscar Grant's neck, pressing him face down into the BART platform. Tony Pirone repeated the words "bitch ass nigger" at least twice just before fellow BART cop Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in the back. These facts were caught on videotape and have been known to BART and the Alameda County District Attorney's office ever since, yet Tony Pirone has not been fired, charged, or even disciplined for his role in the murder of Oscar Grant. Instead, he has been on full paid leave for over a year.

Those troubled by the fact that BART has not held a single person accountable for the abuse and murder of Oscar Grant will engage in non-violent civil disobedience to demand the dismissal and prosecution of Tony Pirone, and to call for the disbanding of the BART police. The action will commence on the Embarcardero BART station platform at 4 p.m. on April 8.

Passengers who normally take BART during the afternoon rush hour are encouraged to join the action or to make alternate transportation plans that day.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to form an affinity group of trusted friends now. There will be roles for those willing to risk arrest and for those who choose to participate in a support capacity.

The time has come to stand up for justice and accountability at BART.


Spread the Word and Get Ready!

Organizing Spokescouncil I
Saturday, March 27th, 2-5pm
Continental Club
1658 12th Street, Oakland

Organizing Spokescouncil II
Saturday, April 3rd, 2-5pm
Continental Club
1658 12th Street, Oakland

NVCD (Non-Violent Civil Disobedience) Training
Sunday, April 4th, 2-5pm
Continental Club
1658 12th Street, Oakland




Contact: info [at]
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~ The April 8 action is a project of the Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant.
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by .
Saturday Mar 20th, 2010 3:52 PM
a white man ,joseph ciampi, was tazed by the palo alto police dept. and was acquited of any charge!. the judge said his ''civil rights'' were violated! no such luck for oscar grant!
by Bay Area Anarchist
Thursday Mar 25th, 2010 5:34 PM
by Justice for Oscar!
Monday Apr 5th, 2010 2:09 PM
Marysol Domenici is not the only cop who needs to be fired. Tony Pirone (her partner) next to Johannes Mesherle, is by far the worst offender. He is on video punching Oscar Grant and also on video calling him the N-word. Yet, he still has his job and made $100,000 last year being on administrative leave. BART has not yet fired Pirone and he still recieves a salary. He needs to be fired and NEEDS to be prosecuted as an acessory to murder and under a hate crime statue! This hasn't happened yet and the need to moblize and demonstrate are crucial. It is important to keep the pressure on and come on out on the 8th; hope you can make it
by (A)
Monday Apr 5th, 2010 4:13 PM
to this :) you should too
by insurrectionist
Wednesday Apr 7th, 2010 3:21 AM
Time to have a little fun