Involuntary Manslaughter in Oakland

in Poetry

White BART Officer Found Guilty of Shooting Unarmed Black Man

 
By Kit-Bacon Gressitt
“My son was murdered. He was murdered. He was murdered. He was murdered. My son was murdered!”

Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar J. Grant III, shooting victim

I thought it was my Taser, not my gun not my gun not my gun not my gun I thought it was my Taser, not my gun!

– A confused rapid transit police officer

We’d have decided the same for a black officer a black officer a black officer a black officer We’d have decided the same for a black officer!

– A jury with no blacks

It was just a mistake, but we'll pay but we’ll pay but we’ll pay but we’ll pay It was just a mistake, but we'll pay!

– A public agency facing a wrongful death suit

Oakland mayor asked the people for calm in the streets calm in the streets calm in the streets calm in the streets Oakland mayor asked the people for calm in the streets!

– A black man who knows the outrage of police behaving stupidly

“You shot me!” “You shot me!” “You shot me!” “You shot me!” “You shot me!”

– Oscar J. Grant III

©2010 Kit-Bacon Gressitt

This piece is crossposted at The Progressive Post.