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New evidence of a coverup in the murder of Oscar Grant. Whistleblower needs support!
by Oakland resident
Friday May 27th, 2011 10:17 AM
Oakland Fire Department paramedic whistle blower Sean Gillis needs community support now! Help him expose the mistreatment of Oscar Grant and the Oakland Fire Department cover up.
Sean Gillis (SG) is a paramedic's teacher for the Oakland Fire Department (OFD). SG ran the Merritt College EMT training program until he was forced to quit Merritt.

SG and the OFD Medical Director blew the whistle on the OFD for misconduct committed by Fire personnel treating Oscar Grant on the Fruitvale BART platform on January 1st 2009. Grant was only bandaged on one side of his body even though he had wounds on both his front and back.

To cover up this mistreatment, the file for Oscar Grant was destroyed and the computer archive of his Patient Care Report deleted.

The Medical Director ordered a review. Even though the Medical Director is technically the highest medical authority at OFD, his order was ignored. OFD stopped the Medical Director's paychecks, and he worked for six months without pay. When he finally left, the Medical Director turned to SG and said "You're next."

The Medical Director was right. OFD targeted SG for harassment, forced him to quit Merritt College, took away his office, work vehicle and mailbox, wrote a letter of resignation for SG to sign and tried to force him to sign it without reading it, eliminated SG's lunch break, began monthly performance reviews, suspended him, and now seeks a special review for the purpose of terminating him.

SG is defending himself before the State Personnel Board. OFD is refusing to provide SG documents he needs to defend himself.

SG made a public records request for the Grant file and staff meeting audio tapes with racist comments and inappropriate statements about Oscar Grant. The Fire Department refuses to confirm or deny the destruction of the Grant file and falsly claims the recordings don't exist while top brass review (and destroy?) the tapes.

Support from the Justice for Oscar Grant Community is urgently needed. So far, OFD has been able to suppress the story of what happened to Oscar Grant after he was shot, what OFD failed to do, and what OFD has done to people who stood up for Oscar Grant. Help us:

1. Spread the word about what happened to Oscar Grant.

2. Call the District Attorney. Demand the DA investigate the mistreatment of Oscar Grant, destruction of his file, retaliations against Michaels and Gillis, concealment of the tapes.

3. Call the city attorney handling public records requests. Demand the city admit that the Grant documents were destroyed or produce them and release the tapes.

For more information, visit http://groups.google.com/group/justiceforseanatoaklandfire

The files at the above address contain a detailed description of the series of events, including the names of officials responsible for the cover up.

You can contact those that are helping Sean at justiceforseanatoaklandfire [at] gmail.com
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Interviews-The Oscar Grant Murder Cover-up, Privatization & Whistleblower Sean GillisLabor Video ProjectThursday Jul 14th, 2011 10:07 AM
LAWSUIT re. OSCAR GRANT & RETALIATIONreposted by Aaron AaronsWednesday Jul 13th, 2011 1:47 AM
LETTER D.A. OMALLEY IGNOREDreposted by Aaron AaronsWednesday Jul 13th, 2011 1:42 AM
PUBLIC RECORDS ACTION RE. AUDIO RECORDINGS OF STAFF MEETINGSreposted by Aaron AaronsWednesday Jul 13th, 2011 1:38 AM
Fair Employment Complaintreposted by Aaron AaronsWednesday Jul 13th, 2011 1:35 AM
Civil Service Board appealreposted by Aaron AaronsWednesday Jul 13th, 2011 1:29 AM
Making the above-referenced documents accessible.Aaron AaronsWednesday Jul 13th, 2011 1:23 AM
worse than we thoughtsomeone who caresSaturday May 28th, 2011 9:32 AM

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