Assassinat d’un jeune homme par la police à Oakland, USA (en)

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Μπάτσος σκότωσε εν ψυχρώ αφροαμερικάνο (Οακλαντ, ΗΠΑ)

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Oscar Grant R.I.P.

 

January 8, 2009

In the early hours of January 1st, BART police shot and killed a 22 year old man, Oscar Grant, on the platform of the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.
Witnesses report that Grant was « lying on his stomach with his hands out in a non-threatening position when he was shot ». Police have confirmed Grant was unarmed and have suggested the shooting was an accident. Grant lived in Hayward and leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter.

BART officials have not released the name of the officer who shot Grant. After the shooting, BART police seized several cell phones from people on the platform who said they had used the phones’ cameras to record what happened. For the first two days BART officials told the mainstream media that surveillance cameras at the station do not record, but then corrected themselves Friday night saying the cameras
did record but didn’t show the incident.

On January 7th at 11am, a memorial service was held for Oscar Grant at Palma Ceia Baptist Church in Oakland.
In the early afternoon of January 7th, it was announced that officer Johannes Mehserle had resigned from the BART police force so he would not be forced to testify at an internal hearing.
The rally began on January 7th at the Fruitvale BART station. Protesters gathered at 3pm and by 5pm the crowd had swelled to over one thousand people. Organizers noted that they intend to build a movement against police brutality and plan to hold several other demonstrations in the coming weeks. After dozens of speakers addressed the crowd for about 2 hours, a march began. Hundreds of protesters marched up International Blvd towards downtown Oakland. As the crowd passed the Lake Merrit BART area, there was a brief confrontation where a police car was attacked and a dumpster lit on fire. Shortly thereafter, riot police arrived and shot tear gas into the crowd. The protest continued into the night as dozens of protesters took over and blocked the intersection of 14th and Broadway for over an hour. A line of riot police then moved in to push the crowd out of the intersection and down 14th Street toward Lake Merrit. The protesters obliged by running down 14th where dozens of car windows were then broken and a minivan was set on fire. The police then charged the group a few blocks later, and as protesters dispersed, windows were broken at a McDonald’s, and at least two more cars were set on fire.

About 9pm, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums appeared towards the Lake Merrit end of 14th Street and and began walking towards Broadway looking at the damage. People confronted him regarding the BART officer still not having been detained or even questioned one week later. Once Dellums, and the growing crowd following him, arrived at City Hall in Frank Ogawa Plaza, he addressed crowd of 200 protesters from the steps of City Hall. He told crowd to be respectful. He said the killing was an obvious homicide and that he had ordered the City of Oakland to investigate the BART killing. The crowd interrupted much of his speech, expressing their displeasure with the situation.

As Dellums finished talking to the crowd and headed into City Hall, people starting booing and then many people chanted « Round 2 » and rushed toward San Pablo Ave. breaking more car windows. Tear gas was again fired by police. Protesters then moved towards Lake Merit down 17th Street. More windows were smashed and more dumpsters were set on fire. Another car was burned. At about 10pm, police in gas masks in police cars swooped in on protesters at 17th and Jackson. At that point, the crowd of protesters split up again and headed in several different directions. After a sizable crowd began to reconvene at 15th and Broadway, many headed up Telegraph, pulling objects into the road and breaking more windows. Just before 11pm, around 50 people were surrounded by police across from the Paramount Theater on Broadway. Many protesters lay down on the ground as police move in to arrest them.

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