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Is Oscar Grant Criminal or has Criminal Record?

Posted by on Jul 09, 2010 | 4 Comments

Oscar Grant had a criminal record, according to the California Department of corrections and Rehabilitation, he served several months in state prison in 2007 and 2008. The Department of Corrections didn’t disclose the offenses for which Grant was sentenced. Grant had 12 separate cases between April 12, 2004, and May 8, 2008. But the records for all of those cases are at the Hayward Hall of Justice and weren’t immediately available.

Is Oscar Grant Criminal or has Criminal Record?

On New Year’s Day 2009, Oscar Grant was shot by former BART police officer, Mehserle. Mehserle testified that he mistakenly pulled out his pistol instead of a stun gun when he shot and killed an unarmed Oscar Grant, reaching into his pocket, while lying face down on an Oakland train platform. On 8 July, 2010 a jury found former Officer Mehserle Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter.

Is Oscar Grant Criminal or has Criminal Record? The family of Oscar Grant (the victim) expressed their disappointment with the outcome. Because they were hoping for a murder verdict.

There were fears of further trouble if Mehserle had been found not guilty. Police were yesterday deployed in riot gear in case of any outbreaks of violence.

The case has become a cause celebration in the US, with its echoes of the treatment of Rodney King, a black man whose severe beating by police in LA in 1991 was captured on video. The subsequent acquittals of four LAPD officers sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Is Oscar Grant Criminal or has Criminal Record?

The verdict means the judges thought Mehserle had been criminally negligent but had not intended to kill Grant.

Mehserle, who is to be sentenced next month, could face anything from five to 14 years in jail.

John Burris, a lawyer representing the family, described it as a “compromise verdict”.

“The system is rarely fair when a police officer shoots an African-American male,” Burris said. “No true justice has been given.”

The trial was held in Los Angeles because of the tension in the Oakland and neighbouring San Francisco over the shooting.

Everyone has a question that this trail could be considered fair. According to the sixth amendment, people are guaranteed the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed. An impartial jury is the key point in this trail highly publicized incidents of police misconduct have adverse effects not only on the victims of abuse but also on public perceptions of the police departments implicated in the incident. Yet the magnitude and longevity of such effects have rarely been investigated.

“Media reporting, however, did effect citizen evaluation of the guilt of the officers involved in the case. The more a citizen read a newspaper or read about the case, the more likely she was to think that the officers were guilty. Concern about crime in the neighborhood was an important predictor of attitudes toward the police, and race effects were much more pronounced after media coverage of the case.”

The problem in this case as well as most cases involving police officers is that not only do many people have unfavorable thoughts of police due to sensationalized media, the fact that race was brought into the issue, but more than all of that is the inability of a mere citizen to empathize with Police Officers and understand their job in the first person. The point is that if you haven’t been there in the heat of the moment, you couldn’t possibly comprehend a verdict made in a split second.

If all still esteem the fairness and freedoms granted by our Bill of Rights and the Constitution then they should hold to them. All should consider the sixth amendment and heed the word impartial in its definition. Then, people must ask themselves if we are honoring the sixth amendment by offering a civilian jury, to a trail, of a police officer.


4 comments

  1. patrick says:

    I don’t want to sound calous because I don’t know how I’d react if it had been my son, but lets not forget that if young Grant and his friends had not engaged in a fight on the train, something the hundreds of other revelers did not get involved with, Mehserle and BART PD would not have shown up and the twos paths would never have crossed. my prayers to both individuals families

  2. Mike says:

    If some of these PROTESTERS would take the time to be reasonable they would likely see that O.G. saw a criminal and was being a trouble maker that night. This does not mean he deserved to die. It is just stating fact. If he had not been acting like a criminal and complied (which he did not do!!!)with the BART police that day he would still be with us today. But as usual, they can’t, no they refuse to see that there are two sides to every story. All that appears to matter to them is that O.G. is black and Mehserle is white. (Oh, and by the way I am not black or white). My condolences to O.G. family. Sorry for your loss.

  3. Michael says:

    Kid shouldn’t have gotten shot, but he and his socially disruptive friends created the entire stage, and the family should understand the role OSCAR played in his own demise instead of placing blame everywhere else too. To add insult to the situation, it became a race issue – who did THAT? Wasn’t about race, it’s about an inexperienced officer in a jungle of race. I watch the riots as I do the bull fights. Anyone stupid enough to get into the ring with the bull should be watched on tv like Gladiators. Have at it.

  4. gizmo4130 says:

    I heard that Mr Grant was trying to decide if he wanted to go to Yale or Harvard (he had full scholorships to both schools). I also heard that he was a ‘peacemaker’ that night and was just trying to defend himself/friends from the racist police. Mr Grant was working as a Sr. bank economic research policy advisor. He had been Sr vice president and oversaw trade agreements with Latin and African countries. He was fluent in 5 languages and rec’d his masters from Cal Berkeley.He was going back to college to get his JD and become a MD.He had no criminal record but he rec’d a speeding for going 58 in a 55 zone.Watch the video and you will see that Mr Grant is friendly and cooperative with the police. He had just tried to stop a white thug from beating up a 78 year old African lady.It is reported that the BART officer stated, after killing Mr Grant, “Opps! My bad.” Again, watch the video and you will see Meserhile cocking his gun, looking at safety and smiling as he shoots Mr Grant.He then points the gun at a young preg. black women. If you go to uTube, you will see a guy that looks like Meserihle attending a Klan meeting. Mr Grant was supporting his disabled Mom,Dad and 5 minor siblings.

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