This incident is just one blatant example of the abusive and, in this instance, fatal criminal behavior of law enforcement. Senate Bill 1421 was passed into law over the outrageous opposition of law enforcement. Now it is the Law in California and citizens can read the record of police misconduct.
Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 5.2.2019
Former BART police officer Anthony Pirone,who pulled Oscar Grant from a train 10 years ago and ordered his arrest before a second officer fatally shot Grant in the back, lied repeatedly to investigators, telling them he felt he was “fighting for my life” when in fact he was the aggressor in the notorious incident, according to a newly released report.
Photo above – Oscar Grant’s Family
“Pirone was, in large part, responsible for setting the events in motion that created a chaotic and tense situation on the platform, setting the stage, even if inadvertent, for the shooting of Oscar Grant,” concluded Kimberly Colwell and Jayne Williams, the two attorneys who authored the report dated July 31, 2009.
They cited Pirone’s “repeated, unreasonable and unnecessary use of force,” his “manifest lack of veracity” and his use of the word “nigger” while arguing with Grant in recommending the officer’s firing.
The report by the Meyers Nave law firm — which BART hired to run its internal investigation due to a loss of public faith in the agency — long ago prompted the firing of the officer, Anthony Pirone. But the report was released only this week under California’s new police transparency law, Senate Bill 1421.
It details how investigators concluded that Pirone played a role in Grant’s death at Fruitvale Station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009, then sought to cover it up. Pirone was not criminally charged. But former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle was — and he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a jury accepted his explanation that he accidentally shot Grant while believing he was squeezing the trigger of his Taser.