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Calif. Policeman Tried for Murder for the First Time - Oscar Grant Shooting of Jan 1

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: OscarGrant, JohannesMehserle, PoliceBrutality, MurderTrial, BARTOfficers, AfricanAmerican, Profiling, crime, PoliceAccountability, maryneal )

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Johannes Mehserle will stand trial for the January 1 murder of Oscar Grant, an unarmed African American man, age 22. Mehserle shot Grant on the platform of a San Francisco train station, and the fatal shooting was witnessed and filmed by numerous commute


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Mary Neal (183)
Friday June 5, 2009, 7:03 pm

Police accountability is important to maintaining peace. It is not only unjust to have one set of standards for police officers and another for the rest of America, it is also dangerous. Millions of people viewed the video of Oscar Grant being stretched out on the train platform and shot in the back by former B.A.R.T. officer Johannes Mehserle.

On June 4, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Don Clay ruled that Mehserle will stand trial for murder - the first time any California police officer ever went to trial on murder charges, although many citizens have been killed by police in the past. Use the "visit site" tab to read the article and see




The determination to try the former officer on a murder charge is just. This writer is glad to have some real justice to write about.

Mary Neal

Mary Neal (183)
Friday June 5, 2009, 7:26 pm
Here is the video to this horrific fatal shooting of an unarmed young man (warning - graphic violence):

Mary Neal (183)
Friday June 5, 2009, 8:10 pm
I apologize - they moved the film from that link. Folks do that lots when atrocities have happened - make the links not work. Same thing happened to links of Duanna Johnson's beating in Shelby Co. Jail in Memphis, Tn.

Here is a working link for Oscar Grant's murder:


Mary Neal (183)
Friday June 5, 2009, 10:09 pm
The only way I found to get to this news link is to go to my sharebook first and access the link from there. Google and Yahoo are slow tonight. I will have to DIGG it and Delicious it. Upholding justice is good news. The original article about Oscar Grant was condemned strongly by the Care2 community, and I believe such strong support for justice as was demonstrated here had much to do with the officer having to stand trial.

Therefore, I went through the effort to notify all 130+ of my Care2 friends of this news, and the last ones got their email at 12:46 a.m. 6-6-09.

Now, I will put the news at the following groups: DUO, AI, AIMI, MAD, People Helping Other People Worldwide, Human Rights Network, and Mother Jones. Please help spread the good news that San Francisco is saying no to police misconduct!

Mary Neal (183)
Friday June 5, 2009, 11:04 pm
Added to news for above groups, also Town Crier and Minority Rights (8 total) Thanks Care2 for the opportunity to share news of police accountability.

Michael Owens (1647)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 3:29 am
The judge noted that Mehserle's case marked "the first time a peace officer has been charged with murder" in California. Its about time, thy have no other choice but to charge him with Murder. To many dirty Cops! Thy can get by with any thing, planting Guns and drugs on people.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 11:43 am
If this idiot is not properly charged,everyone knows there will be hell to pay.These alleged "police officers" should be held much more accountable.Incompetence.

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 5:06 pm
Hello, Debbie. I wish it were only "incompetence" they showed. To hold down a young man and shoot him in the back took worse than mere incompetence, but actual evil.

Joycey B (750)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 6:13 pm
Thanks for bring this to our attention Mary.

. (0)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 6:36 pm
noted thank you rest in peace

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 8:24 pm
Share this with your friends.

California is doing something RIGHT.

We must congratulate the justice system whenever it does something actually justified. We get too few opportunities.

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 9:56 pm
Thank you, friends and Care2 community! Thank you again Care2 News Network. We made the front page with this important news.

I congratulate the State of California for prosecuting the former police officer for what appears to be cold-blooded murder. If the situation were reversed, if the young men had overpowered a police officer and held him down and shot him in the back on video . . . we all know what would happen.

The B.A.R.T. officers did this to Oscar Grant, and instead of ignoring the brutality, a powerful message is being sent to our law enforcement personnel. JUSTICE is important, whether or not one wears a uniform.

Thank you again, everyone. Please share.

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 10:45 pm
CARE2 NEWS NETWORK AND FELLOW MEMBERS WHO SUBMIT NEWS, I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION: It is gratifying to be among people who share my concern for human rights. My list of golden notes are listed as 72 (needs verification). Is there a way to make all 72 titles show up on my Kudos list? I did not see a button to view the rest, and the list I viewed stops at news submitted 208 days ago. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 6:49 am
True,Mary.There are those who would use and abuse their..."authority" display their "dominace" over "normal private citizens". What this "officer" did was deliberate and excessive.A strong example needs to be made of him.

Patricia Prior (21)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 6:42 pm
Rodney King all over again only this time a man is dead!

Winefred M (88)
Monday June 8, 2009, 6:13 am
Thanks Mary for bringing this to our attention.

Mary Neal (183)
Monday June 8, 2009, 9:13 am
You are welcome, Winefred. Ronnie is lucky. The police beat him in plain view. Mentally ill people, especially people of color, are fair game for abusive police. My sick brother was secretly arrested and murdered in Memphis Shelby County Jail, and the USDOJ won't even investigate. After six years of asking, we still have no explanation, records, or anything. We are lucky they gave his body back.

In fact, my 86-year-old mother and I have to hide at home like Ann Frank or runaway slaves because we ask about him. I have been accosted at neighborhood businesses several times, called 911 once and they did not come during the hour I waited surrounded by four cars and a USDOT truck. You see, the USDOJ was under the Bush admn. at the time, and as you know, inmates were treated badly. Most people don't know they were tortured in the U.S. as well as in the overseas camps. Authorities don't like us asking about the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal.

Just Google MARY NEAL REQUESTS MEETING WITH USDOJ to see some of the terror we endure for asking about my murdered mentally ill brother.

Ronnie is lucky there were cameras. When they arrest the mentally ill black men and kill them, they do it off camera.

Mary Neal


Shirley H (49)
Monday June 8, 2009, 3:02 pm
Many Police seem to think they are Godlike and can do anything & get away with it. Not this time.!!
Shirley H.

Mary Neal (183)
Monday June 8, 2009, 4:01 pm
Shirley, you are right. It took lots of demonstrations and letters, but the officer is going to trial. At the scene, the police officers started taking people's cellphones they were using to film this murder, but they did not get all of them, and some people who filmed were already on the train. If it were not for people doing that and people like us speaking against the violence, the police officer would likely still be on duty!

It was 13 days before the officer was arrested, and only after loud public protest. Now we will have to wait and see if anything is actually DONE.

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:28 pm
Can't wait to see how this turns out....
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