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BART police execute Oscar Grant

January 11, 2009


This is the clearest view we’ve seen of the BART police execution of 22-year-old unarmed father and peacemaker Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland at 2 a.m. New Year’s Day. Community rage at the silence and inaction by authorities who should be enforcing the law erupted Wednesday, Jan. 7, in a rebellion that lit up Oakland.

Listen to an extraordinary interview with Oscar Grant’s cousin by POCC Minister of Information JR in his Block Report broadcast Wednesday, Jan. 7, on Hard Knock Radio, KPFA 94.1FM, beginning 19 minutes into the program, following a live report by Greg Bridges from the protest at the Fruitvale BART station. In JR’s interview, Oscar’s cousin, Donald Wiggins, reveals that the BART police left Oscar to lie on the hard, cold concrete of the platform for 30-40 minutes after he was shot – with no medical attention, no effort to save his life – while they snatched cell phones from witnesses. Look carefully at the end of this video to see the police dragging Oscar along the platform after they shot him.

Wednesday night, Minister of Information JR was the only journalist of the dozens covering the rebellion who was fully at home on the streets of East Oakland. And he was the only journalist arrested and jailed and one of only two protesters charged with a felony. Read all about it on this site at Oakland PD brutally arrests Minister of Information JR at Oscar Grant protest.

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