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Some more bystander video shows another view of Mehserle shooting Grant. Scary.

What is the deal with bart police, are they actually cops?


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Jan. 10th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Jesus. That's the best (worst?) view of that I've seen so far.
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
It's shocking. Who knows what prompted Mehserle to draw his weapon at all, much less fire it. The situation was clearly out of control, and these cops did not keep the peace. They shouldn't issue deadly weapons to a bunch of twitchy security guards on New Years Eve.
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
One of the most interesting things about this video is that it makes it even more clear to me that if the BART didn't leave when it did, there was a very good chance the cops would have been attacked by the crowd. (And rightly so, IMO.)

BART police are real cops, not rent-a-cop security wannabes.
Jan. 11th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I know they're actual police. I agree that they were about a hair's breadth from a full-scale riot, even before the gun went off.

I know that they're actual police, I was being derisive by calling bart cops twitchy security guards. That said, I wonder: Do many transit agencies have their own police force?

Edited at 2009-01-11 03:17 am (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Oh sorry I misunderstood. :)
Jan. 11th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
ain't no thang :)
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really couldn't figure how why she thought she needed a weapon for a prone handcuffed suspect. All I can think is that she had it holstered, and was holding it, and it fired through the holster or something.
Jan. 11th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
She? Johannes Mehserle is a man, baby.
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh, I thought it was the female officer in the picture. Whoopsie.
Jan. 11th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Shit, I hadn't heard about this before. Jesus fucking christ.
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