Three stories collided Tuesday that cast a dark shadow on the state of policing in the U.S., especially as it relates to Black men. Each is a tragic example of the worst that can happen when law enforcement chooses to use force in lieu of deescalation or less lethal methods.
It’s been more than 11 years since Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer on the Fruitvale station platform, but the case may not yet be settled. In response to demands made by Grant’s family, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced Monday: “I have assigned a team
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The world turned its attention to Oakland when Oscar Grant was murdered by a BART police officer in 2009. The Black Lives Matter movement would not formally organize for another four years, but Grant’s death sparked a national dialogue and amplified calls for police reform. In that way, Oakland is
As you well know by now, George Floyd was murdered on Monday by Minneapolis Police officers in what amounted to a public lynching. The video evidence is so irrefutable that even vile, racist, hate mongers like Rush Limbaugh and Mitch McConnell say the cops look guilty. You know it’s fucked
People are gathering Wednesday to remember the life and death of Oscar Grant III. A noon vigil and rally organized by the Oscar Grant Foundation takes place 11 years after Grant was fatally shot on a BART platform at Oakland’s Fruitvale station in the wee hours of the new year.
Congratulations, you made it through 2018! We have officially arrived at new Congress day where the Democrats take over the House and returning Speaker Nancy Pelosi looks like she’s ready to throw some shade and make it rain subpoenas. On a local level, we’ll touch on a couple impending San
His name has become nationally synonymous with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The image is now iconic: a young black man with a great smile and a black beanie. His story has been retold in sidewalk conversations, in small bars, on the big screen and covered by
This country has a pretty weird relationship with booze. First it was legal, then it wasn’t. Then the drinking age was 18, now it’s 21. The laws that we put in place to discourage drinking by young people actually lead to an entire period of binge drunkenness and regretful sex