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My letter to BART staff:

I was shocked and saddened to read on sfgate that the officer who shot Mr Grant has yet to be questioned! What kind of "investigation" is that? It's certainly poor police procedure (but then again, so is discharging a weapon on a crowded train platform).

I am absolutely outraged by the apparent lack of concern for a PROPER investigation - had a passenger been the shooter they'd be IN JAIL right now, not sitting at home on "administrative leave" and would certainly have been questioned multiple times by officers.

QUESTION THE SHOOTER! It seems so obvious! I can hardly believe I am having to say this.

Finally, I am an Oakland resident (and in fact Fruitvale is my stop). If this investigation is botched or a coverup occurs, I really hope I am not around when the verdict is announced. I remember the Rodney King riots and I sincerely hope to never see anything like that again.



- M

BART rider since 1990

To contact BART:

sfgate article asserting that the shooter has yet to be questioned:

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From: lord_kook Date: January 7th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sucks really bad when you think you're reaching for a Taser and you pull out a .38 instead.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: January 8th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
totally, and even more when you fire the "taser" (at close range, on an enclosed, crowded train platform, after taking off the safety and *cocking* it - do you even have to cock a taser?) while thinking you'll teach some punk a lesson, and then he doesn't even live long enough to learn it. yeah, that would suck.

although... it probably doesn't suck anywhere near as much as it would suck to be shot to death on your belly on a bart platform at 2am on new years, in the presence of several transit cops.

please don't tell me "oh he was fighting on the train" since (a) no one involved has said that *he* was involved in the train scuffle in any way - even BART admits that is unknown - and (b) even if he was, that is not a capital offence; much less one deserving of an instant, execution-style death.

I have little sympathy for the cop. sure, he totally fucked up and it is highly unlikely that he intended to *kill* Mr Grant - however it should also be remembered that a taser is supposed to be considered *deadly force* (people can and do die from it) and therefor NOT supposed to be fired at close quarters with a big crowd around.

now I hear that the cop has resigned rather than give a statement to the BART internal investigation. that certainly makes him look bad, no matter what the other facts are. it kinda reminds me of when Clinton was facing the Lewinsky scandal, and came up with some very weaselly, lawyerish moves to try to keep out of it. it backfired by making him look even more guilty.

honestly, I think this guy is scared and taking advice from a lawyer who is thinking like a lawyer and forgetting about the court of public opinion (where his client will, unavoidably, also be tried). and, no matter what happens, the dead guy is still dead - which sucks most of all, for everyone.

silverfae From: silverfae Date: January 8th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Be careful out there, luv. Don't wanna hear about you getting hurt.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: February 3rd, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
aww, I don't go to protests any more. I think they are a lot of sound and fury, but don't do much to actually accomplish anything.

miss you!
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