On January 1st, 2012, hundreds of people marched from Oscar Grant Plaza (a.k.a. Frank Ogawa Plaza) at 14th & Broadway in Oakland to the Fruitvale BART station for a rally to commemorate Oscar Grant and many more people killed by the police. Three years ago on January 1st, 2009, Oscar Grant, an unarmed black worker, was executed by Johannes Mehserle, a white BART police officer. In the wake of that killing, a major political movement was launched in Oakland and across the country.
While the case is over and Johannes Mehserle is back on the streets, the Oakland community has not forgotten the father who was murdered three years ago. The memorial march was held in honor of Oscar as well as other victims of police brutality and murder.
“The murder of Oscar Grant awakened Bay Area residents already reeling from police brutality and state repression in their communities,” said Anita Wills of the Oscar Grant Committee. “Oscar and all the young people that were attacked and terrorized by the BART police that night, in addition to the many victims of police brutality in the greater Bay Area, have become ingrained in our collective memory.”
Crossposted at Indybay.org.