New Years Eve is a day that is suppose to be a day full of happiness where people not only make new resolutions, but look forward into a new year hoping it to be better than the last. Unfortunately, there are some things that don’t necessarily go as planned, but ended a life of an innocent.
Many of you guys may or not remember January 1, 2009 (New Years Eve) as the fatal shooting of a Oakland BART officer toward African American, Oscar Grant. Many that witness this humiliating and discriminating act have provided their own versions of how things happened on that 2 a.m morning, and it is one of the most tragic things I ever heard about. It is said that the police was called in for a fight that was occurring at the Bay Area Transit Train Station, where Grant and some of his friends were detained.
Technology has been advancing, which really helped in showing everyone what had really occurred that night, with no doubt. The videos are now available in YouTube or other websites, which portray these vicious acts.
As I was watching one of the Youtube video, who was actually being taped by one of the train passengers, you can hear many other passengers shouting against the brutality that they were witnessing and who were only standing a few feet away. When looking at the video, it is evident that Grant was just a defenseless African-American and clearly was NOT resisting against any of the officers, being handcuffed and face-down. The ironic part of the story is that Johannes Sebastian Mehserle , the officer responsible for this death, had claimed to have mistaken his .40 caliber gun for his taser! How is that even possible. This is just some lame excuse he is trying to make up in order to cover the power that police often abuse.
What angers me the most is that he was let out after only doing 11-months in prison being released this past Monday, but wasn’t Grant’s life worth more than that? Not only that, but being convicted as involuntary manslaughter, where many videos and witnesses can contradict this stupid idea clearly made by a stupid judge! >:/
While reading some articles about the support that many gave on November 5, 2010,which was the conviction and hearing, there was a specific image that really caught my attention. It was an image of the Black Riders Liberation Party group, where you see African-American males raising their right arm in a fist form wearing a black glove. This is what I’ve been recently studying in my U.S History class, learning about the Civil
Rights Movement, and how it all connects to what I been talking about. It somehow symbolizes that they are in unity, ready to fight back. For me personally, its inspiring to know that organizations like this still going on, not only fighting against the oppression but discrimination and racism.
I bet if it would have been a white male killed by an African-American officer it would have created a more controversial reaction, and the officer would still be standing in a prison cell. Why is Mehserle walking free like if he didn’t commit a crime that should really be labeled as “MURDER!” He is a murderer, that should be locked in prison until his last breathe.
Why is it that when people are drug dealing or committing a felony not even half of what Mehserle did, they get to serve more time behind bars? This is very wrong in the sense that he is not being tried fairly, and that Grant’s case was an injustice. Or is it that just because he was a police officer and was “serving” his community, he gets the right to do less time because of his good behavior. This doesn’t just add up to me, and I do wish something gets done and for him to be convicted for his actions.
The love toward Grant’s family and him were shown after many protestants showed appreciation, and the desire to end these racist crimes.
Not only has this happened once, but several times and one should start taking action because its unfair to take someones life. Seeing injustice acts committed scare certain people because the police is “suppose” to be the one to protect and enforce the law, but SOME are destroying and breaking it. I really encourage anyone who has been a victim of such cruel acts, and not to stay quiet being oppress by this force, but your voice will make a difference, not only for yourself but for others who can become endangered by it. I am not advocating for violence or anything related to that. (I wanted to make that clear!)
I can’t stress enough that justice has to be made, because its not fair for Grant family who has to see their loved one’s murder walking freely like if anything never happened.
If I have seem to have offended anyone, I’m not sorry because it ain’t nothing but the truth!