To Protect and Serve

There were riots in Oakland last night over the New Years Day homicide of Oscar Grant, who was shot by BART transit police at point-blank range in the back while being restrained by officers.

Amnesty International:

When an unarmed man is shot in the back after police put him face down on the ground, it is the time for authorities to demand action, not patience. Days after the incident, the officer still has not been interviewed. The delay in this critical part of the investigation hints at the callousness to the worth of human life to a public that is all too familiar with racial profiling, police brutality and cover-ups. Whatever the final investigation reveals, the bottom line is that there is never justification to shoot an unarmed person, especially one who is restrained. It is an obvious violation of the most basic human rights standards, and a clear cut abuse of power.

(Photos by Thomas Hawk and The Inadvertent Gardener.)

10 thoughts on “To Protect and Serve

  1. Albert, these aren’t my photos, so it’s entirely possible they’ve been picked up elsewhere. You can click through to go to the respective photographer’s Flickr.

  2. Man I didn’t realize all the property damage inflicted upon random cars and businesses. It originally just looked like a police-civilian confrontation. That’s terrible.

    Good writeup here.

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