In my novel Night Biters a Tale of Urban Horror, I write about Oakland police Officers giving them due respect, but none is shared for the BART police, whom I also write about, whose MO seems to be that of intimidation, with little over site there’s little surprise that an officer would commit such an heinous act in broad day light, and I think it speaks to an even larger issue of how BART is managed and a deep rooted bitterness toward the poor communities BART serves, example BART is one of the most expensive transit systems in the country. It is nearly impossible for poor to get a job at BART as they claim there are no entry level jobs. And after 911, it was common to officers don in dark glasses walking the aisle with dogs. Sure, it’s for the safety of all, but it does something to your psyche. This was a situation bound to happen
The shooting occurred two weeks ago, early on New Year’s morning. Grant and his friends were heading home to the East Bay aboard a BART train after celebrating New Year’s Eve in San Francisco when a fight broke out between two groups of riders. BART police met the train at Oakland’s Fruitvale station and demanded that passengers disembark.
In videos that have been broadcast on television and viewed hundreds of thousands of times on the Internet, a uniformed officer later identified as Mehserle stands over a prostrate Grant, pulls his gun and fires point-blank into Grant’s back.