January 8th, 2009


(no subject)

On New Year's Eve, in Oakland, transit police murdered Oscar Grant in front of a trainload of witnesses with cell-phone cameras. The videos are readily available on YouTube. I won't link to them; a handcuffed man, lying on the ground, is shot to death on camera, and it's disturbing to watch, and you should make a considered choice to look if you feel you need to.

Oakland has since had both peaceful protests and riots with substantial property destruction. sol3 comments on the latter article.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I didn't hear about this until Bay Area friends began blogging about it in the last couple of days.

I don't have informed comment; I am just following sol3 and merle_. But since I didn't hear about this story outside LJ, I am passing it on.

My one reaction that I don't think I will want to disown later: thank Sapience for camera phones. Even ten years ago, it would have been entirely possible that this would not have been recorded, and perhaps the cop would have gotten away with it. Instead of the traditional suspension-with-pay and half-assed investigation followed by acquittal, he has already lawyered up and resigned; may it not save him.