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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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One Year Later, Still No Trial for Oscar Grant’s Killer

Feb 15, 2010

On January 8, a murderous Bay Area transit cop was finally brought in front of a pre-trial hearing. More than a year after the murder he committed. More than 350 miles away from the scene of the crime.

The murder of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old butcher, can still be seen on the internet. While another cop was holding Grant down on the ground, Johannes Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant in the back. Dozens of witnesses saw this execution-style shooting of a black man at an Oakland subway station. Some of them captured it on cell-phone cameras.

The authorities did nothing to arrest this cold-blooded murderer–until 12 days later, and then only after numerous protests.

The authorities did make sure, however, that the trial does not happen in Oakland. Claiming that an Oakland jury would “not be objective,” they moved the trial to Los Angeles, where there has been a total news blackout about the shooting.

Not objective??? In fact Oakland residents have the experience needed to be very objective. Some people saw what happened, and many more know what the Oakland cops are like.