Oakland City Council members have voted to grant a day dedicated to Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot and killed by a BART Police Officer in Oakland.
Grant's birthday, Feb. 27, is now ‘Oscar Grant Day’ to honor him and recognize the work and advocacy of his mother, Wanda Johnson.
Oscar Grant was fatally shot and killed by a former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland on January 1, 2009.
Mehserle claimed he had thought he had drawn his Taser rather than his gun when he shot Grant at a BART station.
“This has led to unnecessary catastrophes,” said Lackey, a former California Highway Patrol officer himself. “We aim to prevent future calamities.”
Police officers in California will soon be required to holster their handguns and stun guns on separate sides of the equipment belts to deter confusion.
A bill was passed in the State Assembly on a 68-0 vote on January 31 and is now heading to the Senate.
“The separation of lethal and less-lethal weapons will make it less likely that officers will confuse the two or inadvertently draw the wrong one”, said Republican Assemblyperson Tom Lackey.
Followed by the death of both Oscar Grant and Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota about 10 miles from where Derek Chauvin was on trial in the killing of George Floyd, our local community has been standing up and advocating for justice.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day of Service was a defining moment as BOSS Bay Area strives to help our local community.