Oscar Grant – 2 Years For BART Cop

Not surprised by the sentence, but this should have been longer.  Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer in San Francisco.  At the time he was shot, he was on the ground and in handcuffs (if I recall correctly, it is possible that he was face down on the ground hands behind his back but not yet handcuffed).   Numerous videos of the incident make it clear that Mr. Grant was not a threat and was in fact compliant. 

The defense claims that he accidentally shot Grant, confusing his handgun for a taser.   I’ve never handled a handgun or a taser, so I’m not one to speak on whether or not you could actually confuse one for the other.  But there was simply no reason to use either weapon on Mr. Grant under the circumstances.   A topic for another time, is the effect of “non-lethal” tasers on police behavior.  I’m inclined to think that instances like this where an officer uses (or attempts to use) a taser, even though such force is completely unnecessary is somewhat common.

I’ll add one take on the situation from an author that I really like.  One of his best friends (unarmed) was killed in his driveway in front of his child by Maryland police officer, so his negative view of the current police state is somewhat personal.  With that bias in mind, I always enjoy reading his thoughts on the subject.


About Connie Stinson

Connie Stinson is a lawyer/talk show host who dabbles in the arts of strained analogies, forced humor, and poor spelling. In his spare time Mr. Stinson enjoys charcoal BBQ, as well as any and all things related to humor. He is currently working on his second book, "Look at You, You're a Mountain: A Retrospective On Hogs and the Men Who Love Them."
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One Response to Oscar Grant – 2 Years For BART Cop

  1. Mola Ram says:

    The video is absolutely sickening.

    This reminds me of The Wire… all the pressure on officials leads to more arrests and padding the stats. Not a good situation.

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