I’ve been holdin’ off on this post for a few days. Re-readin’ it and re-writin’ it. No matter how many times I come to the same conclusion: There will be no justice for Oscar Grant. And anybody like him.
We all heard that The Murderer With A Badge, Johannes Mehserle, was sentenced to a measly two years behind bars for the murder of Oscar Grant.
They may as well have said this 22 yr old boy’s life wasnt worth shyt.
He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter-the first problem with this issue to me. He didn’t ‘involuntarily do anything that night. This boy was unarmed, not resistin’ and lyin’ on his stomach, when he very ‘voluntarily’ shot him, at almost point-blank range , in the back.
There was several video captured by several witnesses. There was testimony by several witnesses. What more did they want?
The defense relied on this stupid fact: He did not intentionally pull the gun; he mistakenly reached for the gun instead of a taser he meant to use. This was all a horrible accident. Arent these two items on different sides of the belt? Wasnt he supposed to know which side either was on? Didnt “whatever he pulled“, sweep into his line of vision before he fired the round?
That was some bullshyt and they know it. But it evidently worked. The lug was facin’ up to 14 in the slammer. Came out with two- the charge usually runs about 4, but they gave his ass credit for time served (292 days) which amounts to what? and I got a feelin’ they didn’t really want to give him that…
What Oscar Grants Life Was Worth:
Sentence: 2 Lousy Years = 730 calendar days
-Time Served = 292 days to make up that story
Sadly comes to roughly 438 Days/About 15 Months, 12.5 days for the life of Oscar Grant
And when they chop that up with good time and under-cover “good ole boy” credits, it will be less than that… His family is sentenced to Life.
They gave Micheal Vick more than that for killin’ a dayumm dog.
I’ve read some comments online and am appalled to see people sayin’ things like “career thug” and “lowlife” in reference to The Late Mr. Grant. That he caused his own death by fightin’ on the train platform (which I don’t think was ever proven); he was “ghetto-ized” and portrayed as an animal and a savage. He basically deserved to die.
The man died on his stomach, shot in the back. Regardless of his life history, his criminal record, how many baby mamas he had, what ever the f*ck, he did not deserve to die like this, and then nobody pay for it.
This is the story of the Black Man’s life. Google the shyt. You will be amazed at the returns and spend all night readin’ the shyt, marvelin’ at how many there actually are. The police started this shyt with that famous “they felt threatened” and felt their “life was in danger.” excuse. That was all they needed to justify pumpin’ 41 caps (connectin’ with 19!) at close range, into an unarmed man (Amadou Diallo) whose only crime was havin’ his wallet in his hand. They were acquitted.
Now they don’t even need that.
Sean Bell- killed on the eve of his wedding. The lobbed 50 caps at these three boys killin’ Sean-just leavin his bachelor party. Found Not Guilty. Patrick Dorismond (didnt even indict this mofo), Johnny Gammage (charges dropped), Abner Louima (the only one who got some kinda justice: the ringleader , Volpe, got 30 yrs in prison. Another got 15 yrs and one – you guessed it-Not Guilty!), Jean Charles de Menezes (7x in the head-No Coviction), and the GrandDaddy of ‘em all, Rodney King (They first acquitted all four of those devils and caused the 1992 Major Ass-Tearin’ of Los Angeles, worse thing since the infamous 1965 Watts Riots. After that, a Fed court sent two of those mofos to prison for a while but still acquitted the other two. Smh. We have to act ugly to get a lil respect.) There was a 19 yr old girl years ago here in Cali, Tyisha Shenee Miller, fired on 24 times sittin’ in her car in a mall parkin’ lot. She was holdin her cellphone…Four to the head killed her. She was labeled a gangbanger, and they walked.
Do you think that any man, Black or White could shoot and kill a police officer (in the back), KILL HIM, and then claim he accidently pulled his gun, reachin’ for, say, his lighter? H3ll to the naw; f*ck whatever he talkin’ about, he’d be labled a cop killer, tried and convicted in two ticks and thrown under the jail for the rest of his life or till they give him that hot shot-which ever came first. No questions asked or even pondered…
The thing is, The Murder of Oscar Grant just follows the pattern, really. I was actually surprised, ( knowin’ how wrong he was), that he was even indicted. Because in almost all cases, the officer is somehow found justified, and no one pays for the loss of life. This is the law of our land, evidently. This is somethin’ theywant us
we will have to live with till the end of time. A Black man (or woman) can be brutally murdered by The Man and its of no consequence to anyone. This case just further solidifies that. Unless there is a miracle.
I’m not holdin’ my breath…