Oscar Grant vigil in Leimert Park

Oscar Grant was shot in the back while lying face down as two officers were were about to cuff him. With no provocation seen in several cell phone videos taken by onlookers in the San Francisco subway, transit cop Johannes Mehserle stood up and shot him in the back. He claimed he thought he was reaching for his taser and was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Because of the tremendous publicity the case received in San Francisco, the trial was moved to Los Angeles. People from all over the city came to stand up for the victim and his family in Leimert Park Village and the drum circle convened. Only two LA outlets covered the newsworthy event - La Opinion and KPCC.

With multiple videos, Mehserle was convicted and will go to jail. Imagine if we didn't have Youtube and cell phone cameras?


Thandisizwe Chimurenga has written 38 stores on the case for Spot.US and post this video from the Village: LA Hip Hoppers Medusa and others speak out in Leimert Park Village

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