Thursday, January 15, 2009

Time for Civilian Oversight of Police?

[This case] screams for Civilian Oversight of Police to be law nationally.

[click here] for the circle "F" caused by judges and their legislator cronies.

Mobile footage of events leading up to the incident [BBC]

A former police officer in California has been charged with the murder of an unarmed black man at a railway station.

Johannes Mehserle, a transport officer at the time, is accused of shooting Oscar Grant, 22, in the back as he lay face down on a train platform.

Mr Grant was among several people taken off a San Francisco to Oakland train when police intervened to stop a fight.

The 1 January shooting, filmed on mobile phones, has provoked frequent and at times violent protests.

"At this point, what I feel the evidence indicates is an unlawful killing done by an intentional act and from the evidence we have there is nothing that would mitigate that to something lower than a murder," Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff said.

Johannes Mehserle, right, appeares in the East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday, 14 January 2009, in Minden, Nevada
Johannes Mehserle was arrested in the neighbouring state of Nevada

It is rare for a murder charge to be brought against a police officer for an incident that happens while he or she is on duty, correspondents say.

Mr Mehserle's lawyer, Christopher Miller, said he was confident his client would be cleared, as "all the circumstances of that chaotic night become clear".

Video recorded by passengers on their mobile phones appear to show Mr Grant sitting calmly on the platform at Fruitvale station in Oakland after he and several others were pulled off a train by police.

He is then forced to lie face down, there is a struggle, Mr Mehserle draws his weapon and shoots Mr Grant once in the back.

Video of the shooting has circulated widely on the internet, increasing tensions between police officers and many African-American residents.

An undated family photo of Oscar Grant
Oscar Grant's family have called for calm

Protesters have taken regularly to the streets. One demonstration last week turned violent, resulting in more than 100 arrests and damage to some 300 properties.

Mr Mehserle, who resigned a week after the shooting, worked for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) force.

He was arrested on Tuesday in the neighbouring state of Nevada, where he had gone after receiving death threats, his lawyer said.

On Wednesday, some 50 people were evacuated briefly after Mr Mehserle's parents found two suspicious packages in front of their house, local police said.

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Blog to protest the above [click title]:

CAPE - Coalition Against Police Executions

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[click here] for the text of my letter to the Connecticut Fatherhood Task Force Legislative Committee

This blogger's email:

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White Cops Executing Blacks

If “justice” is unfair for one or a certain group, it is unfair, period.

Most of you who find yourself here are well informed. You’ve probably already heard about Officer Johannes Mehserle accused of executing Oscar Grant, shooting him in the back. Links to that story, video, and “CAPE”, Coalition Against Police Executions [found here], this post. This case and so many others scream out for Civilian Oversight of Police and the need for an effective Grand Jury System.

Too often police in America are the real terrorists, breaking US law, degrading our moral fiber as a nation.

In Connecticut former Hartford Officer Robert Lawlor shot 3 African Americans in the back in 2 incidents and calls himself, “The Great American Patriot”. [story] Lawlor’s bail was only set at $50,000 for the murder. Connecticut Officer Scott Smith [story, scroll down] stood on an African American’s back, executing him. Smith got a year suspended sentence on appeal as the prosecutor intentionally botched the case, so it could be appealed. Will Lawlor get the same case fixing prosecutor to cover up police executions and misconduct?

My friend Chris Kennedy faced a $500,000 bail for having accidentally checked the wrong box on a family court financial form, probable retaliation for Kennedy’s having lodged police and judicial misconduct complaints in the State of Connecticut. Chris’ wife stabbed him, she got custody of their children, he complained, he and the children suffer. [story]

A US Marine, Stephen Murzin, had lodged a police misconduct complaint in the State of Connecticut. Officers were caught on tape after having paid police informant Todd Vashon $10,000 cash to kill Murzin and the officers weren’t prosecuted. Vashon got cold feet, but David J. Taylor, a felon on probation, also a police informant, stabbed Murzin 13 times along with stabbing 2 others. Taylor wasn’t even violated on probation for almost killing 3 people. Obviously judges, police, lawyers, and prosecutors are on the same obstruction of justice team. Murzin was arrested in the hospital with 13 stab wounds, waking up alive, for having caused a disturbance having been stabbed, facing 6 months in prison for the “offense”. [story and video]

There would not be so many executions of Blacks by White Cops, so much blatant unfairness, and the economy wouldn’t be tanking if our nation didn’t have such Crapulent Courts.

The solution suggested in [this post].

Are you going to standby while America tanks, economically and financially, because there is no effective oversight of police, lawyers, elected officials, and of judges?

-Steven G. Erickson

Public Corruption across the board

We appoint judges who are dishonest, so why is it a surprise that prosecutors are dishonest?

Backroom deals are made in courtrooms, at the Mafia Don’s house, and in elected officials’ offices. Judges and prosecutors are “shopped” for desired outcomes, either way. “Important People” will skate, those that expose, are whistle blowers, or get in the way are barbecued in court.

Cases are fixed.

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