Friday, June 11, 2010
Will Hate or Reason Dictate Outcome of Murder Trial?
Los Angeles, CA—The trial of Bay Area Rapid Transit cop, Johannes Mehserle has been removed from Oakland to be tried here.
Mehserle is the young cop who shot and killed Oscar Grant on a transit platform on New Year’s Day in 2009. Grant was being subdued and handcuffed by several officers when Mehserle removed his service weapon from its holster and shot Grant in the back. It sounds so simple but it’s not.
The shooting of Oscar Grant was a YouTube Sensation because several people in the hostile crowd pulled out cell-phone video cameras and captured the incident. They quickly posted the videos on YouTube with their own misleading and incendiary commentary.
In the past 40 years police agencies all over have experimented and deployed all manner of non-lethal gizmos and sprays as an alternative to force that will seriously injure or kill. Quite popular are the Tazer stun guns with police administrators and local politicians. I have taken exception to this device for a lot of reasons.
There is only so much room on a patrol officer’s belt for equipment. There is the service weapon, extra ammunition, handcuff case, baton ring, portable radio and a key ring. The more crap you add the more complicated things get. When you are required to carry a new device like the stun gun your developed, reflexes and muscle memory goes to Hell. Survival dictates that you watch your suspect and possible accomplices and not the equipment on your belt.
When it comes to police equipment it’s administrators and politicians that decide what will be carried not the officers required to carry the crap.
Apparently the reason that Grant is dead is not because of a wanton desire to kill him but the cop grabbed the wrong pistol grip. Instead of grabbing the Taser gun he grabbed the Sig .40 caliber duty pistol instead. That was an ugly mistake but a mistake none the less.
Next we have to talk about Oakland, California. Oakland is the Hate Epicenter of the United States for African-American extremists. The Black Panther Party was spawned here and cops, especially White cops are targets of hate and deadly race based assault.
Oakland’s African-American community wants the blood of this young cop. The threats against this lad are such that anyone killing him in a on the street, jail or prison would be considered a Black Hero.
There is no basis to rationally believe this was more than an accident where the victim was willingly engaged in risky behavior. You also have to believe that the young cop’s attention was fixed on his own and fellow cop’s safety when this accident occurred. Any well trained officer would be observing a 360 degree area for additional threats especially in the cop hating capital of the world.
This case was only charged because prosecutors could not deal with Oakland’s hateful African-Americans.
Can a Los Angeles jury be fair? This case does not belong in a criminal court but a civil venue where a jury should be dealing solely with the issue of civil negligence.
Watch my long time friend Christi Paul of Headline News report on violence that gave prosecutors no options but to prosecute.