I need to start with this is about a crime but the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And if anything in this post offends anyone I apologize in advance. I only want all to be able to have a visual experience to understand what Oakland is like and how it plays a role in one’s life. Having moved here from California a little more than year ago and working with youth (youth is defined 13-24 in the field I was in) in Oakland, this case really hit close to home. I have very strong feels about this particular incident and find it very hard to take an open minded approach. Never the less here it is. What started as a police response to a fight turned into the fatal shooting of 22 year old Oscar Grant III. Some argue that it was an execution when the officer states that he thought he was reaching and firing his “TAZER”. Here is one of the videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tmh9B8LVxM&feature=related The first news article:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_11359281?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com# The Wikipedia page
Throughout the past decades we have heard of police brutality and racial profiling. Many make claims to such have been made but it is a rarity that criminal charges are brought forth and even less a MURDER charge. Despite hearing about such, we as a society look to the criminal justice system (more than 55,000 local, state, and federal agencies that enforce laws, adjudicate crimes and treat and rehabilitate criminals) for protection and complete up holding of the law. The police particular are built as a bureaucracy (an organizational model characterized by a hierarchy of authority, a clear division of labor, explicit rules, and procedures, and impersonality in personnel matters). Because of this most of the time “to protect and serve” holds true, maybe not the way one would like a situation to be handled but it is handled. This...
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