Drop Your Gun and Pick Up a Camera for Oscar Grant

By Tracy Kronzak Jun 04, 2009

Guns are so 20th Century. I don’t feel safer thinking about carrying one. Nor do I feel safer in a society where everyone is encouraged to carry one to, you know, prevent crime. Why am I saying this? I’ve been following the Oscar Grant trial in the papers over the past week, and today’s article made me see red. The story so far: police accounts of Oscar’s shooting and death are wildly divergent from the recorded video evidence. But for the first time in the trial, a BART police officer actually admitted to this incongruity, but proceeded to attempt to justify Oscar’s death anyway. It doesn’t surprise me that the Blue Wall is circling its wagons for the Oscar Grant trial. But no matter what the outcome of the trial will be, we know the truth because we’ve seen the video. Unfortunately, this isn’t true in the case of the less-covered killing of Gary King around the corner from my home two years ago. Or even when my neighborhood was under siege a few weeks back