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Verdict is INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER! All out to 14th & Broadway, Oakland!

July 8, 2010

If you are arrested, call the National Lawyers Guild Demonstrations Defense Hotline: (415) 285-1011

by Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant

The verdict for Officer Mesherle is INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. As the verdict approached, it came to our attention that numerous “leaders” and “organizations” in Oakland are speaking in the name of Oscar Grant with their own agenda and there has been conscious political sabotage on the Oakland Assembly’s organizing efforts. Due to this, we would like to voice such concerns publicly.

Before the trial even began, the Oakland Assembly called for a community gathering on the day of the verdict, yet now city leaders have decided to hold their own verdict-related event on the same day at the same location starting one hour earlier. Their speakers will be city-approved only and will be given specific city-approved talking points, more focused on the possibility of property damage than justice for Oscar Grant or other victims of police violence.

City Council member Jean Quan has stated that she speaks for Oscar Grant’s family, even though she has not sought approval from Oscar’s family to do so nor has she been seen doing any credible act to pursue justice concerning Oscar Grant’s murder. As our committee prepares to hold a two-hour rally in the intersection of 14th and Broadway on the day of the verdict, City Council member Desley Brooks has been taking an active lead in organizing a city-sponsored rally in front of City Hall as a political diversion against our rally.

City-linked nonprofit Urban Promise Movement released a talking point sheet geared toward “inoculating” Oakland youth against “outside agitators” as if Oakland’s youth of color do not possess their own political agency and thought. Youth Uprising released a public service announcement equating the murder of Oscar Grant with property destruction. Joe Haraburda, president and CEO of Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, started an “Oscar Grant Memorial Fund” claiming to benefit youth in Oakland and “stand for justice” yet has not even contacted Oscar’s family about the fund.

Such efforts are political tricks for their own positive publicity. We have not found that such efforts as the Chamber of Commerce’s accumulation of money for Oscar Grant has helped the cause and the pursuit for justice concerning Oscar Grant’s murder in any way. The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce works with Mayor Dellums, who has also been dragging his feet throughout the whole process of this case.

Along with Dellums’ passivity concerning Oscar Grant’s murder, Oakland Police Department, along with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, has spent over $700,000 on Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a high-decibel acoustic device intended to keep the Oakland population in control, purchasing this weapon at a time Oakland is currently laying off school teachers.

The Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant seeks to organize for the justice in Oscar Grant’s murder through a democratic process that connects with the greater community beyond well-connected and often self-appointed “leaders.” We are not proponents of violence; we are proponents of justice. We have found that such justice is not created by the government’s own mechanisms; only through the people’s will and their political efforts can we see justice materialize.

The Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant is a grassroots coalition of concerned citizens working with statewide partners to stop the epidemic of police abuse. For more information, see www.oaklandforjustice.org.

Block Report Radio interview broadcast July 5 on KPFA’s Transitions on Traditions

22 thoughts on “Verdict is INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER! All out to 14th & Broadway, Oakland!

  1. Woman 4 Justice

    Where can I go to vent frustration about the martyrdom that is now Mr. Mehserle's life? After all, he unintentionally fired his gun on an African-American male. Would it have been different if this was a Latino or Asian or Native American or African immigrant person? The reality is that this became a politicized case since day one–Black and White–both literally and figuratively. When in fact it was a possible life or death situation for the officers involved as their job entails daily. It is a sad day for all. One less thug on the streets. One less Peace Officer.

    Sincerely,

    Woman 4 Justice

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      1. jongo gurmoloa

        no, he was a thug because he acted like a damn thug, resisted arrest, and had prior convictions. Go ahead and burn your local businesses for this saint.

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        1. Ann_Garrison

          I've watched that video many times and it looks to me like Mehserle shot him in the back when he was face down with his hands restrained behind his back.

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  2. Kelly

    OK!!!
    It’s OVER!!!
    Can we please get on with our lives?
    Can we please hear somethin’ else besides all this crap?
    Is there any other news to report?

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  3. Ann_Garrison

    Just for clarity's sake: it's not just involuntary manslaughter; it's involuntary manslaughter with a gun. According to the Chron, "with a gun" adds 3, 4. or 10 years. Seems he'll get 2-4 years for involuntary manslaughter, somewhere between 3 and 10 for "with a gun," meaning 5 to 14. But, that's just what the Chron and several other sources are reporting; I shouldn't pretend to be speaking as any sort of criminal justice professional.

    John Burris is on KPFA saying he might not get any time at all, though I haven't heard anyone else suggest that; still seems to be a lot of confusion about this.

    It's hugely wrong, especially when you consider that Mumia has spent more years of his life than not in prison, and may be executed, that Gladys and Jamie Scott are serving consecutive life sentences in a Mississippi prison, and that their cases are emblematic of so much racism and injustice.

    And when you look at the videotape and see that Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in the back while he was face down with his hands behind his back, and realize it took a videotape like that to get a voluntary manslaughter with a gun verdict.

    But it's certainly better than acquittal or simple involuntary manslaughter. And a sentence of 5 to 14 years, if that's what it is, isn't a license to kill. John Burris is calling it a small victory. There'd probably be fewer police executions if there were more guilty verdicts even like this one, for what it's worth.

    And if Oscar Grant's daughter Tatiana hadn't already been awarded $1.5 million in damages from BART, I imagine the BART Board and Administration would be quaking in their boots because the jury's decision points the finger at them for arming these cops to the teeth with poor vetting and training. I don't know whether the $1.5 million settlement for his daughter precludes any further legal action against BART though I'm sure that's what BART argued for.

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  4. travesty

    Blacks need to burn down their own neighborhoods to show whitey they aren't going to take it anymore!

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  5. Lincoln Hayes

    The pop-po be shootin all the brothas an sistas, we gots to burn down the city to show we deserve respect

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  6. deadprez

    A murdering pig was given the lightest sentence possible for a racist cold blooded murder. We must not just demand justice, we must take it. Tear Oakland asunder. Show'em that they can't control us and that we revolt when they killed innocent members of our community. They call rioters violent as if they're property destruction even remotely equates to the violence the state employs every day. Defend you're neighborhoods from uniformed gang members and take this fight to the streets.

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  7. John Mulligan

    Seems to me deadprez that all the kids arrested last night trashing businesses and burning in Oakland were out of town white kids; some with black face paint. Maybe you're one of those?

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  8. AMERICAN WOMAN

    USE YOUR HEADS….NO ONE IN THE WORLD WOULD MURDER A BLACK MAN… IN FRONT OF A CROWD OF BLACKS WHO ARE YELLING AT THEM..KNOWING THAT THEY ARE BEING FILMED…I saw that film..i saw NO murder..but moreso fear for their own lives as well…but they still tried to do their duty..It was a terrible mistake…

    THIS IS A LYNCHING…OF AN INNOCENT WHITE MAN WHO MADE A MISTAKE OUT OF FEAR BECAUSE OF THE MANY PEOPLE WATCHING AND YELLING AT THE POLICE…PEOPLE YELLING ABOUT SOMETHING THEY KNEW NOTHING..iF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE YELLING WOULD RESPECT THE LAW..AND SHUT UP..THIS WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED..THEY FREAKED OUT THE OFFICERS..AND EMBOLDED OSCAR. TO RESIST ARREST..

    Oscar was not a model citizen..and the papers are trying to project..They have failed to bring up his crime record..and his history of carry weapons and resisting arrest..

    .THE FACT REMAINS…OSCAR WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY..IF HE WERE NOT HARASSING PEOPLE ON THE BART TRAIN…..He was causing the trouble on the train that night..

    ALL OF THIS IS RACE BAITING DONE ON PURPOSE TO CREATE DIVISIONS AMONGST THE AMERICANS… .. YOUR PLAYING INTO THE HANDS OF THE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT.

    IF WE keep doing this shit to our police officers..WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE DECENT PEOPLE IN THE POLICE FORCE….IF YOU HAD 50 BLACKS BEHIND YOU SCREAMING AT YOU..YOU WOULD BE NERVOUS TOO..LOOK AT THE OFFICERS IN THE VIDEO…..YOU CAN TELL THEY WERE SCARED DEATH…THE BLACKS HAVE A HISTORY OF RIOTING. AND DOING STUPID THINGS….I WOULD NEVER BE A POLICE OFFICER…I THINK ITS AWFUL WHAT WE ARE DOING TO THIS MAN…..WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE POLICE..

    Anyone railroading this police officer ..is a complete ass..ITS ALL ABOUT REVERSE RACISM…SO TELL ME FOLKS..IF YOU START A RACE WAR..WHAT THE HELL IS THAT GOING TO GET ANY OF US..

    YOUR PLAYING RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO ARE JUST DYING TO INSTILL MARTIAL LAW…

    GO EDUCATE YOURSELVES…YOUR ACTING LIKE FOOLS.

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  9. AMERCIAN WOMAN

    deadprez..your a typical SHILL..A PLANT…INSTILLED by the global government….USED LIKE A PUPPET IN THESE SITUATIONS TO CAUSE TROUBLE..AND MAKE THE BLACKS LOOKS STUPID..

    Most American Blacks today have grown past this barbaric behavior…..The Welfare types are pawns of the globalists …used by the globalist to create chaos…

    Keep doing their bidding…and you will be a serf one day..NO more welfare..NO more free rides..you will be nothing but a friggen slave again..and it will be your own damn fault..if you KEEP DESTORYING THE PEACE AND THE SERENITY OF THIS NATION..AND IF YOU KEEP PROMOTING RACISM..

    OSCAR CAUSED HIS OWN PROBLEMS…AND SO DID THE CROWN THAT WAS YELLING AT THE OFFICERS..

    PEOPLE ARE RACIALLY PROFILED IN AREAS FOR A REASON.

    YOU WOULD NEVER SEE AN AFFULENT BLACK STOPPED OR HANDCUFFED…BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE NO REASON TO..THEY ARE NOT COMMITTING CRIMES..THEY DONT HAVE THEIR LITTLE 'GANGSTAS'..

    GANGSTA MUSIC WAS CREATED FOR YOU BY THE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT…TO PISS YOU OFF AT EVERYTHING..

    QUITE BEING STUPID SHEEPLE PEOPLE…STEPFORD CITIZENS..AND USE YOUR OWN HEADS..

    IF YOU LACK WISDOM. AND CANNOT DISCERN RIGHT FROM WRONG…GO READ A BIBLE..AND QUITE FALLING INTO THE TRAPS THAT THE ATHEIST HAVE SET FOR YOU…

    THE BIBLE SAID IF YOU LIVE BY THE SWORD..YOU WILL DIE BY THE SWORD..

    OSCAR WAS KNOWN FOR BREAKING LAWS..AND CARRYING WEAPONS..

    QUIT LYING ABOUT WHO THIS MAN REALLY IS…BECAUSE A TOTALLY INNOCENT MAN IS BEING USED AND THATS JUST NOT RIGHT.

    IF YOU DONT SUPPORT THE POLICE..YOU WILL BE IN ANARCHY..THEN YOUR PEOPLE WILL BE MURDERED ON THE STREETS BY THEIR OWN…EVERY DAY…OVER DISPUTES OVER NOTHING…DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU WANT THIS FOR YOURSELVES?

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  10. Selina

    This already is an old cliché. I just heard reports as of this moringing on the east that there was looting yestrdy in Oakland but stories like Mr. Grant will not go away. There are going to be more
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    On blackamericanweb.com there is a story about a Black and Autistic? teenager ( mis spell ) who was leaving the library because it had not open yet. Previosly on the same day there were reports of an suspicious individual with gun in the area and as the youth left the library to go to a friend's home. He was met by police officers who had confronted the youth a physical altercation insued, and youth accused the police of racial slurs and voilence against him.

    Read About it On blackamericanweb.com

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  11. T. Rowland

    @american woman. Oh please I am a 47 year old white female who totally disagrees with you. You are a moron and you sound like a racist. I too saw the video several times and was not happy with what i saw. This police officer deserves everything he gets .Your comment on welfare, Did you know that their are more whites on welfare than blacks. So you said that oscar was known for breaking laws and so that means its ok that he lost his life. You know he was someones son, brother, uncle. I really pity people who share your views.

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