BART is investigating Tony Pirone, the officer that punched Oscar Grant in the face prior to Grant's shooting on New Years Eve. According to, U.C. Berkeley law school professor Franklin Zimring, the district attorney may not charge the officer who punched Grant because the DA "may need that officer's testimony" to prosecute Johannes Mehserle in the shooting of Grant.
UC Hastings Law School Professor, Peter Keane, adds that the video shows clear and convincing evidence that Pirone "commited a vicious physical assault unprovoked upon a citizen for absolutely no reason." Keane contends that the Pirone should be terminated and charged for civil rights violations and assault. BART board members are demanding that Pirone, BART's General Manager, Dorothy Dugga, and BART Police Chief Gary Gee also hand in their resignations.
BART board member, Tom Radulovich, who called for the resignation of Dugga, states that Dugga tarnished the image of BART by mishandling the investigation of the shooting. Perhaps a change in the administration can work to institute enhanced training modules to instruct officers on how to deal with the public non-violently. The Black Panther Party in Oakland is calling for transparent "training practices/facilities of police officers" to prevent assassinations at the hands of police officers from plaguing our streets.
Independent journalist, Sam Arbizo, has been funded by Spot.us, a non-profit organization for independent journalists, to film a video documentary on the Oakland community's response to the shooting.
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