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Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 24 2010, 1:19PM

A forensics expert the prosecution worked hard to keep out of the trial tells so many plain lies he just may tar Mehserle by association.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 23 2010, 9:35AM

Johannes Mehserle’s defense kicks off with a combative, emotional exchange with Grant’s friend over what really happened on the BART platform that deadly night.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 5:30PM

Keecha Williams testified that the fight on her train was typical New Year’s Eve fare, and that the fight Grant supposedly had with other people on the train was not unusually violent.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 12:00PM

Bay Area police convened for a day-long training on arrest and crowd control techniques. They simulated violence by having plain clothes officers throw objects at police.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

BART Cop Pirone's Convenient Memory Lapses

BART Cop Pirone’s Convenient Memory Lapses

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone could not remember how Grant got from his knees onto the floor of the platform. “It’s like trying to unscramble an egg,” Pirone said by way of explaining his fuzzy memories.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop's Story

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop’s Story

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 9:46AM

Eyewitnesses’ cell phone videos show that Oscar Grant and his friends were compliant with transit cops and did not resist their orders.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

New York Moves to Keep Incarcerated Parents Connected to Kids

New York Moves to Keep Incarcerated Parents Connected to Kids

by Michelle Chen on June 17 2010, 10:27AM

The prison system and the child welfare system both have the power to split families apart, and too often, they are tragically linked when the state imposes its judgment that a parent is no longer worthy of her child. For…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone was the BART police officer who had his knee pressed on Grant’s back at the moment Mehserle shot him.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Seattle Cop Punches Black Teen For Jaywalking

Seattle Cop Punches Black Teen For Jaywalking

by Jamilah King on June 16 2010, 3:12PM

In the latest episode of shameless police violence, Seattle cop Ian Walsh was seen on tape punching a 19-year-old girl in the face after she and a friend were caught jaywalking on Monday. The National Urban league and Seattle’s local…

Topics: Criminal Justice

DA: No Cop Pulls a Gun on Accident

DA: No Cop Pulls a Gun on Accident

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2010, 9:30AM

A retired BART patrol officer walked the courtroom through the four safety features in the gun Mehserle used that would have prevented the weapon from accidentally being shot.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Five New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Killing

Five New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Killing

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2010, 1:41PM

A federal grand jury has indicted five New Orleans police officers, three current and two former, on 11 counts of misconduct and wrongdoing in the shooting and subsequent coverup of Henry Glover’s death following Katrina. On Friday, David Warren, the…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Oscar Grant Took Photo of Mehserle Holding Taser Gun

Oscar Grant Took Photo of Mehserle Holding Taser Gun

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2010, 11:35AM

Minutes before he was killed, Oscar Grant used his sister’s cell phone to take a photo of BART cop Johannes Mehserle holding and pointing his Taser at him.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

No Black Jurors In Oscar Grant Trial, But It Might Not Matter Anyway

by Julianne Hing on June 9 2010, 7:26PM

The 18 jurors in the Oscar Grant trial—six are alternates—have been selected, and none of them are Black. News of the jury’s racial composition has angered community members and the Grant family. “It feels like we already have lost,” Traci…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Black Man Shot, Dragged 10 Miles in South Carolina

by Daisy Hernandez on June 7 2010, 6:12PM

The FBI is looking into whether race may have played a role in the murder of Anthony Hill last week in Newberry, South Carolina. Local authorities say the 30-year-old Black man was shot by his white coworker, Gregory Collins,…

Topics: Criminal Justice

BART Cop Mehserle's Defense: Push Race to the Sidelines

BART Cop Mehserle’s Defense: Push Race to the Sidelines

by Julianne Hing on June 7 2010, 12:47PM

Judge Robert Perry will rule soon on two motions filed by Mehserle’s attorney Michael Rains, who is trying to keep jurors from hearing about an exchange between another BART cop and Oscar Grant minutes before Mehserle shot 22-year-old Grant

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Jurors Asked, Can You Overlook Race?

Oscar Grant Jurors Asked, Can You Overlook Race?

by Julianne Hing on June 4 2010, 9:53AM

A selection of 200 potential jurors for the trial of former BART officer Johannes Mehserle were interviewed for this week and asked to fill out a 14-page survey asking them about their attitudes on race and police.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Aiyana Jones: Autopsy Released, Police Under Fire

by Jamilah King on June 3 2010, 2:13PM

Less than three weeks after the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones by Detroit police, attorneys for the girl’s family are alleging an attempted cover-up while the department faces increased scrutiny over what residents call its overly aggressive tactics. Geoffrey…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Report: Prosecutors Trained To Keep Juries White

by Jamilah King on June 3 2010, 12:12PM

A new report by the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based civil rights organization, revealed that 135 years after race-based jury selection was barred by federal courts, people of color are still illegally kept from serving on them. The report examined…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Judge Not: NJ Gov. Christie Ousts Lone Black Justice

by Michelle Chen on June 3 2010, 10:35AM

New Jersey’s new governor is zealously spreading a conservative agenda across his state, all the way up to the courthouse door. Gov. Chris Christie has sparked outrage in his decision not to reappoint the one Black judge of the state…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

Supreme Court on Miranda: Suspects Must Speak Up to Stay Quiet

by Julianne Hing on June 1 2010, 4:45PM

The Supreme Court issued a decision today that a criminal suspect must explicitly tell the law enforcement officers they are going to invoke their Miranda rights during a police investigation. If they speak up to say anything else, police…

Topics: Criminal Justice