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Searching for Justice as Oakland Streets Turn Lawless 0

Posted on July 09, 2010 by Flashpoints

By Jesse Strauss

As the Oakland community begins to understand the meaning of Johannes Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter verdict, the streets exploded angrily last night.

Mehserle is the former BART cop who killed Oscar Grant on New Year’s morning, 2009. As Grant was lying face down on a BART platform, Mehserle stood up, grabbed his firearm, aimed down, and shot Grant. Mehserle’s next action was to handcuff the wounded 22 year old father before calling for any kind of medical assistance. Oscar Grant was killed that morning, but the Oakland community will never forget his name. Read the rest of this entry →

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Thursday, July 8th, 2010 3

Posted on July 08, 2010 by Flashpoints


Oscar Grant

The Flashpoints team will be joining the Hard Knock Radio team for joint coverage today.

We’ll devote today’s entire show to the Oscar Grant verdict, just
announced an hour ago; we’ll be joined by activists from the Bay Area, where Grant was murdered on New Year’s Day, 2009; we’ll also be joined by activists and community members near the courthouse in Los Angeles.

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Oakland Transforms as it Prepares for Street Rebellions 2

Posted on July 02, 2010 by Flashpoints

By Jesse Strauss

Oakland Stores Closed - Preparing for Street Rebellions

The trial of Johannes Mehserle, the cop who killed Oscar Grant, has re-awoken a rebellious campaign against police brutality in Oakland, California.

Oscar Grant, of course, was the unarmed young father who was pulled off a BART car for allegedly fighting early in the morning of January 1st, 2009. Read the rest of this entry →

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