Friday, March 6, 2009

BART Cop Protest Was Puny

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Public outrage over the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant by a BART cop has apparently subsided after a planned demonstration fizzled yesterday afternoon because so few people showed up. According to the Chron, the demonstration at the Fruitvale BART station in East Oakland drew more cops and journalists than actual protesters. Organizers of the demonstration had bragged in press releases before the event that they would shut down the BART station. But that never happened.

The puny demonstration came in sharp contrast to two large previous protests that degenerated into rioting. Apparently now that the District Attorney's Office has charged BART cop Johannes Mehserle with murdering Grant, public anger has diminished significantly. Yesterday's demonstrators had hoped that the protest would help boost a series of demands they have, including a call for the resignation of the district attorney, along with BART's police chief and general manager. But it now appears unlikely that those demands will be taken seriously.

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