Tribunal to be held in Oscar Grant killing

March 4, 2009 9:56:08 AM PST
Members of the group By Any Means Necessary will hold a tribunal Wednesday night to investigate the killing of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland early New Year's Day.

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By Any Means Necessary officials say that Grant's family members and friends will testify about the highly-publicized incident, during which Grant was shot and killed by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle.

Mehserle and other officers responded to the Fruitvale station shortly after 2 a.m. Jan. 1 after the transit agency received reports that two groups of young men were fighting on a train.

Mehserle resigned a week after the incident and has been charged with murder.

Yvette Felarca, the Northern California coordinator for By Any Means Necessary, said in a statement, "We will not let the truth be buried with Oscar Grant. This hearing will establish who the real Oscar Grant was as opposed to the racist stereotypes being promoted by the police."

Ronald Cruz, an organizer for By Any Means Necessary, said that in light of a gag order that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Knudsen has imposed in Mehserle's criminal case, the tribunal "will be a valuable opportunity for the community and media to find out the truth."

The hearing will be held at the Allen Temple Baptist Church at 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland at 7 p.m.

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