WARNING: this is explicit. Video from transit passenger showing the killing of Grant (gun fires at 01:26).

Demand justice in the killing of Oscar Grant

On New Year's Eve, Oscar Grant was executed by a transit police officer. He was face down on a subway platform, was subdued and posed no threat.

UPDATE: Johannes Mehserle, Grant's killer, has finally been taken into custody after 13 days and charged with murder by Alameda County's District Attorney. Even the Alameda County DA admitted in a press conference his office pursued the case aggressively in response to public pressure. Now more than ever, we need to keep the pressure on.

Join us in calling on California Attorney General Jerry Brown to stay focused on the case and make sure justice is served. At the same time your action will result in an appeal to the US Department of Justice to investigate the repeated failures of BART Police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office to hold officers accountable in police-killings.

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Read the e-mail message that we originally sent to our members about this petition.

Here is the text of the message we'll send to California Attorney General Jerry Brown (and the one we'll send to the United States Department of Justice) unless you create your own statement.

-- Click here for letter to US Dept. of Justice --

Dear Attorney General Brown:

Johannes Mehserle, the officer who killed Oscar Grant, walked free for nearly two weeks after the heinous murder. This is outrageous and unacceptable. Multiple videos of the shooting clearly show that it was unprovoked and unnecessary. But instead of treating Mehserle like any other murder suspect, the Alameda County District Attorney's office allowed him to flee to Nevada while their investigation went on.

Grant's murder marks the third time in less than 20 years that the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police have shot and killed a black man in Alameda County who posed them no threat. In both previous cases, the officer who pulled the trigger was not disciplined or charged with a crime. Alameda County's District Attorney accepted BART's unconvincing justifications for the use of deadly force. When recently asked, the DA's office could not recall a single case in at least twenty years in which the county has prosecuted a police officer for a fatal shooting.

I'm encouraged that the wheels of justice have begun to move with Mehserle's arrest, but without continued scrutiny they could grind to a halt at any time.

That's why I'm urging the California Department of Justice to maintain an observer in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for the duration of Mehserle's prosecution. This should be your first step in an independent investigation into the conduct of BART police and the Alameda County DA in cases of officer-involved shootings.

Sincerely,

[Your name]