Oscar Grant Shooting
Via PostBourgie: Amnesty International declared the death of Oscar Grant a clear cut abuse of police power. Grant was unarmed, with a officer restraining him. Another officer shot Grant once in the back. The injury was the cause of Grant's death.
“When an unarmed man is shot in the back after police put him face down on the ground, it is the time for authorities to demand action, not patience. Days after the incident, the officer still has not been interviewed. The delay in this critical part of the investigation hints at the callousness to the worth of human life to a public that is all too familiar with racial profiling, police brutality and cover-ups. Whatever the final investigation reveals, the bottom line is that there is never justification to shoot an unarmed person, especially one who is restrained. It is an obvious violation of the most basic human rights standards, and a clear cut abuse of power.”
Several cellphone cameras caught the shooting. Grant appears to be handcuffed. CNN claims Grant wasn't.
The officer that fired the shot submitted his resignation. The Bay Area Rapid Transit accepted the resignation without argument. Clearly they want the officer to disappear. Attorney John Burris filed a $25 million suit, on behave of Grant's family.
I am trying to figure out a logical reason the officer felt the need to shoot. Grant was restrained and on his stomach. How this this officer feel threatened by Grant? Several people were using phone cameras. What could have possibly made the officer think this was the appropriate time to shoot Grant? It makes more sense to think the officer acted in anger than performed what he thought was good police work.
The incidents brings race and police brutality to the forefront. What a political nightmare. What a sad story. Grant was a father. His child will never get to know his dad.
Holly has a post on Grant. She underwent a similar experience.
Update: the investigation into the shooting is finished.
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