Thursday, January 8, 2009

Truth, justice, fantasy

Have you heard? Johannes Mehserle, a Bay Area Rapid Transit cop, shot and murdered an unarmed, handcuffed Oscar Grant. This happened at a train station on New Year's. Cell phone video footage (be warned, possibly disturbing content):

In turn, there's a riot in Oakland. It's just like Greece, they say. I hear there are even agents provocateurs, though I'm not sure if they are needed. Looting, destroying random shit, murder-unrelated agenda, or no agenda at all. The protests seem to be opportunist bullshit.

That article is too, however.

Sure, there's directionless looting and destruction, but hey, Johannes Mehserle, policeman, supposedly a public servant, killed a man for no apparent reason. There are more important things than broken windows. Oscar Grant is dead. It is something that insurance can not fix.

The cops are at arms, and the media is on it. In the end at least something was accomplished. Right?


Aesop said...

boycott BART. Hurt them where it counts. Anger is understandable, however intelligence is key. This turn of events is disgusting and sad.

orfee said...

Same thing happened in Montréal a few months ago, an unarmed 18 years old black kid was shot dead by a female cop, riot ensued.
Did you knew that scoring too high on your iq test is "deemed unfit for duty"?

Lord Davydd Grimm said...

Just read through that article about the riot:

"Sykes, who is black, had little sympathy for the owner of Creative African Braids.

"She should be glad she just lost her business and not her life," Sykes said. She added that she did have one worry for the night: "I just hope nobody gets shot or killed.""

Yay groupthink! The IQ of a mob is the number of rioters divided by the IQ of its' stupidest member... It frightens me that otherwise ordinary people can be turned into rioting dimwits simply because everyone else is doing the same.

In other news, kudos to the guy in the cap on that video for standing up and kicking off after the shot was fired; I'd have reacted by whimpering in the foetal position.

These events are becoming depressingly prevalent though. Have a search for Jean Charles de Menezes; an unarmed Brazillian national shot dead in London in 2005.

How do we realistically show our displeasure? Certainly NOT by means they have the power to stop.

Chairmaker said...

Deeply fucked up stuff and based on the video very hard to see any way it could be justified.

Rioting will probably do absolute 0 to improve the situation, however.

Apoctosis said...

I hate the human race.