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Oscar Grant Memorial: Rally at Fruitvale Bart Station
On January 1, several hundred demonstrators, as well as friends and supporters of the family of Oscar Grant and other victims of police repression, marched from downtown Oakland to the Fruitvale BART station where a rally was held. The annual march and rally is to show that Oscar Grant, who was murdered by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009, is gone but not forgotten, and to also denounce police violence everywhere, but especially in Oakland where the problem is particularly bad. The sponsors of the event were the Oscar Grant Committee, Occupy Oakland, and Bring the Ruckus. Video footage includes the following speakers at the rally: Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant), Kenneth Carruthers, Denika Chatman, Danny Garcia, Sharena Curely, Anita Wills, and Khali.
For the complete rally footage of the family of Oscar Grant, see the Indybay article:
Gone But Not Forgotten: Family of Oscar Grant Speaks at Memorial Rally in Fruitvale
Kenneth Carruthers was brutally beaten by Johannes Mehserle, just weeks before Oscar Grant was murdered.
Denika Chatman is the mother of Kenneth Harding, Jr. who was gunned down by San Francisco police officers doing fare inspections on the Muni platform at Third and Palou on July 16th, 2011.
Danny Garcia is the brother of Mark Garcia, who was murdered by the San Francisco police on April 6, 1996.
Sharena Curley is the sister of Antioine Thomas, who was brutalized and framed by police in Solano County, and is currently serving a 65-year sentence.
Anita Willis is the mother of Kerry Baxter Senior and the grandmother of Kerry Baxter Junior. Kenny Senior was unjustly given a 66 year prison sentence in a case investigated by a detective who is now in charge of invstigating the murder of Kenny Junior, who perished in a seperate event. The family has been treated terribly by the OPD, and the investigating officer, and they seek to have Federal and State Investigators oversee the Murder Investigation to determine if Kerry Junior's Civil Rights were violated.
Khalid from Occupy Oakland speaks about police repression there. (The video itself is incorrectly titled as being Khali)
Shareena Curely speaks about a meeting with Shawn Gillis, a whistle blower from the Oakland Fire Department who discovered that Oscar Grant's medical treatment was not done properly by the EMTs who arrived at the Frutivale BART station.