Speaker at June 1 vigil, from Davey D TV, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PElcxjQpTw
Over the weekend, the Oakland Local editorial team started talking to each other: "What if Johannes Mehserle is fully acquitted?" We realized that while we were busy covering the trial with the help of Thandisizwe Chimurenga, we hadn't yet thought about how we would cover Oakland's response if Mehserle got a full acquittal.
By Monday, we realized we weren't the only people thinking about this--at the bigger edit meeting, many of the contributors came in and shared similar thoughts.
Now, this morning, Mr. Davey D has a powerful video from last night's Justice for Oscar Grant vigil of a young woman speaking out around the trial. "It's not just Oscar, it's every single one of us," she says, as people in the peaceful crowd agree, chanting "I AM Oscar Grant."
So here's the question: In the city of Oakland, where Oscar Grant was shot in the back by a BART officer while hand-cuffed and face down on a subway platform, where police have often been no friends of--and have been perceived to be enemies of the poor--what will it mean if Johannese Mehserle is set free?
Will Oakland burn as anger and frustration run rampant?
How will we cope if, once again, we see we have a justice system that has, once more, shown it is not equal and just for everyone?
Here's Davey D's video of the speech at last night's vigil-it is powerful, angry, moving.
I would like you to watch it and ask yourself, as you listen to the crowd, if Mehserle is acquitted, what will you do?
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