Oscar Grant. While an incident involving BART police, it occurred in an Oakland BART station. Oscar Grant, 22, was fatally shot on New Year's Day by a BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.
It is believed his defense will rest on him believing he was going for his Taser. It should be noted that BART police received their tasers only a few weeks before the incident, and that incidents of taser / gun mix-ups have happened before.
Even the Christian Science Monitor notes a look of surprise on Mehserle's face after the shooting of Oscar Grant.
Whether you believe that or not, the fact of the matter is, the two incidents are unrelated. Yet, a crowd of 20 onlookers cheered at the scene of the first shootings (there were two separate crime scenes). They shouted "Payback for Oscar (Grant)."
I have also found comments on news stories on the web, similarly cheering. At the PS-N, one said:
This is the best news I've heard in a long time. That's what the PIGS get. Rest In Peace Oscar Grant and all other victims of Police Terrorism
Is this what we humans have become? These officers had nothing to do with Oscar Grant. And the first set of officers, John Hege, 41, and Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40 pulled over Lovelle Mixon for a traffic stop, at which time he shot them.
These are innocents in the Oscar Grant case. May Hege, Dunakin, Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, rest in peace.