Friday, January 9, 2009

Updates for Friday, January 9th

Thank you for your support of CAPE, it is necessary and appreciated.

MEDIA: If you are from a media outlet and are in need of a quote or additional information, please send an email with your request and deadline time and date to

FAMILY FUND: The family is working on setting up a Fund in Oscar's name, we will post the information as soon as it is available.

You can also visit Facebook (Group: CAPE) for additional information.

Emergency Town Hall Meeting Hosted by the Black Clergy

Saturday, January 10, 2009
4:00 PM
Olivet Missionary Baptist Church
807 27th Street @ San Pablo

Who is Oscar Grant III?

Oscar Grant was a 22 year old young man from Hayward who loved to fish, spend time with his family and was a dedicated father to his 4 year old daughter. In the early hours of New Years Day, Oscar was pulled off the train at the Fruitvale BART station along with 3 other young men who were being detained as BART officers searched for suspects in a fight that started at West Oakland BART. In front of hundreds of BART patrons who were halted from reaching their destination, an unarmed Oscar was told to lay on the cold BART platform and with hands behind his back, Officer Johannes Meherles pulled out his gun, stood over Oscar and shot him in the back where the bullet richocheted and logged in his lung. Many people captured the shooting with cell phone cameras and the world saw injustice...

Oscar died leaving many to ask why was did this officer use excessive force? 7 days after the incident, Meherles has yet to be charged with the murder of Oscar Grant III and BART has yet to investigate the incident.

We demand for the criminal prosecution of ALL officers involved in the incident at the Fruitvale BART station that resulted in the death of Oscar Grant III.

We demand that BART hand over this investigation to the CA State Department of Justice.

We demand that BART provide the community a forum to voice their concerns and to present to the public, a policy that will ensure that this will never happen again.

The video is graphic and disturbing, but it is the truth and the truth must be told...