I hadn’t commented on the Oscar Grant case because I figured everyone had already seen the video, and because what is there to say? The cop pulled a gun on an unarmed man who was pinned to the floor, and then shot and killed him. Twenty years ago, some ridiculous self-defense excuse would have been manufactured, and nothing would have happened. Fortunately, something will happen in this case.
At any rate, things are starting to get ugly:
Protesters angry over a deadly New Year’s Day shooting of a young black man by a transit police officer erupted into violence in downtown Oakland on Wednesday night while investigators struggled to determine what prompted the officer to fire his gun into the unarmed man’s back.
After an afternoon of peaceful demonstrations and a memorial service, protests turned chaotic after dark as a small clutch of protesters set trash cans and cars afire and busted windows on police cruisers and storefronts. Police in riot gear responded with tear gas and billy clubs and at least 14 arrests were made, according to local television reports. Several major downtown streets were closed, and helicopter footage showed small groups of protesters roaming through the city’s deserted center. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but sirens continued to echo into the late evening.
I have watched the video a number of times, and I just can not figure out what is going through the cops head. Did he mean to pull a taser? Did he mean to pull his gun but not fire? Why did he even pull the gun in the first place? And the best question, since Oscar Grant was described as the victim, why were they even restraining him?
The whole thing is awful, makes no sense, and I really hope Oakland calms down and justice is served.