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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Daily Kos: Last stop—Fruitvale Station

Daily Kos: Last stop—Fruitvale Station

For young Oscar Grant, on New Years Day in 2009, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Fruitvale Station would be his last stop in life. He was shot and killed, while handcuffed, face down on the ground, by transit police officer Johannes Mehserle, who later claimed he had mistaken his taser for his service weapon.
While many of us, across the nation and around the world are protesting the travesty of justice in the death of Trayvon Martin, which eerily echoes the trial and subsequent release of Mehserle after doing only a year of incarceration (though at least with Mehserle there was a conviction of sorts), it is somehow fitting that Oscar Grant's life and death is now opening as a film, Fruitvale Station, which will shine a light on another young black man cut down.

Two weeks ago, I wrote, "Before Trayvon Martin there was Oscar Grant." It is clear to many of us that there are parallels in the two stories.

This is also clear to the filmmaker.

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