Saturday, January 10, 2009

Upset About the Oscar Grant Shooting? Here's What You Can Do About It.

Via Racewire - 5 Things You Can Do Right Now About The Oscar Grant Shooting:

1. Digg the story so that the national media can pick up on it

2. Contact BART Director Carole Ward Allen and demand that 1) the officers involved be taken off duty without pay and charged and fully prosecuted; 2) there be an independent investigation of the shooting that includes a review of training and hiring practices; and 3) BART establish an independent residents’ review board for the police Call her at 510-464-6095 or email the BART Directors at

3. Call the BART police to complain about the officers’ conduct and demand immediate action: Internal Affairs: Sergeant David Chlebowski 510.464.7029,; Chief of Police: Gary Gee 510.464.7022,

Call them toll free at 877.679.7000 and press the last four digits of the phone number you wish to reach.

4. Talk it up on your blogs, networks and talk radio shows (call Michael Baisden 877-6BADBOY or Rev. Al, etc. to get this on the national radar)

5. Stay tuned for other actions, protests, etc., especially if you are in the Bay.

What troubles me the most is the attempt to prevent the onlookers from filming and taking pictures with their various hand-held media devices. If this hadn't been captured by the onlookers, we probably either would have never heard about it, or we would have been given a version of the story that painted Grant as the perpetrator instead of the victim.

It happens all the time.

h/t: A Slant Truth

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