Jimmie Higgins 
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Re: “Be Cool

While I was not on the platform at the same time as the shooting, I was on the BART on the same line that night and people were rowdy and someone vomited next to me. Should any of them have been killed? No way. People need to stop making excuses for blatant a police murder.

Oscar Grant has been called a “thug” and slandered every which way while we have been told that murderer Mehserle was called “most huggable” (at a high school where he was later expelled for slapping a Latina student – but this second fact was left out of the trial and most of the media). Everyone also says “why don’t people protest gang-shootings too” but this is different – as far as I know gangs are not armed, trained, and paid $70k by the city to “protect and serve” the community. This case is about more than Oscar Grant, who had his face crushed by officer Peroni’s knee on the back of his head, this is about police brutality and racial profiling. (On a side note, the BART driver testified that the police never asked who was doing the fighting on the train that night, so to claim that Oscar Grant was doing anything wrong when he was detained is arguing guilt without any proof -- but he’s young and black and was photographed in a hat, so I guess that’s all the proof some people need to decide he was “up to no good”).

The reason I am not satisfied with an “oops, you jumped in front of my bullet” involuntary manslaughter charge is that this case, for me, is more than just one rotten apple in the police force. Police violence and racial profiling are rampant and unless the police know that if they do this they will be locked up for the same time as anyone else, then this behavior is being encouraged as the police, courts, and city government turn a blind eye. So the message of this case after the verdict… well you can beat and even kill someone as a cop and unless there are scores of people watching and a half-dozen videos showing you murdering someone, you will probably be fine.

Now I will wait to see what comes out of sentencing – if Grant’s murderer get’s the additional 10 years for using a gun, that will be something and I think the focus should then go onto getting that thug Peroni behind bars as well.

Posted by Jimmie Higgins on 07/09/2010 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Be Cool

Jimmie Higgins isn't my real name and I've never even heard of that other blog - try again.

Posted by Jimmie Higgins on 07/08/2010 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Be Cool

As a resident of Fruitvale and BART commuter (who was on the train New Years 2009), the cover of this issue was a slap in the face. Where were the covers demanding that the BART police be peaceful?

I'm against violence as much as anyone else, but the overwhelming criticism of and concern over protesters, rather than the police force from so-called liberal sources makes me sick. If people do not want to see violence, then they need to do something about police brutality first.

Why is it that in a county whose first response to 9/11 is to bomb unrelated people and countries for a decade, and the response to crime is to grant more weapons and resources to the police... that the people are the ones who are always told to remain "peaceful". But when Mixon shot 4 OPD cops, no one condemned the police for going after the suspect with guns blazing in an apartment complex. THAT'S violence, that's terrorism - breaking glass and burning a car is nothing in comparison to what the police have done over they years.

Disarm the police, provide jobs and decent housing for people, and stop recruiting soldiers from low-income neighborhoods... and then we can talk about the population having a peaceful response to things. Personally I am only against breaking windows because I don't think it accomplishes much in regards to building a movement against police brutality and for civil rights, but I am not going to condemn or worry about people expressing anger when a case of such obvious injustice is allowed to go on by the police, media, courts, and city government.

Frankly the city (by sitting on their own video evidence, ignoring videos from people on the train, and letting this murdering cop hang out across state lines for a week without charging him) left people with little other choice but to express their anger like that. If there is more violence, blame rests on the city and the courts and police... just as we would look at violence in Iranian protests and blame the regime, not the voiceless struggling to be heard.

Jimmie Higgins.

Posted by Jimmie Higgins on 07/08/2010 at 2:07 PM

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