If I was overly cynical, I'd say that nobody cares about Oscar Grant because "cop escapes most serious penalties for killing unarmed man who is in restraints" is not news any more. But fortunately, I'm not... oh wait.
Is it cynicism if it's true?
2010-07-11 05:51 pm (UTC)
I am now laughing at the image of you looking up Municipal Code Section 23.7.198: "Citizens may be a jerk to their neighbors between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., weekdays, excepting the fourth Tuesday of every month and all municipal holidays."
This is probably not as funny to other people as it is to me. Ah, well.
I'm guessing some people have that attitude of, "Well, if I'm up and ready to do lawnwork at five AM in the morning, then by definition everybody should be!"
A beating was warranted but not administered.
Third, why does the media care so much about LeBron James and pretty much not at all about the Oscar Grant verdict?
This. This this this this ohsoverymuch this.
I should be articulate, and add to the conversation, but my brain gets all explodey and words don't go together. Gah!
Yeah, I'm feeling very much the same way.
The mountains/ocean debate is a key point of disagreement between me and my boyfriend. Being from a family of boaters, to me the ocean is the obvious choice while my boyfriend prefers skiing on the mountainside. Plus he doesn't like the idea of being vulnerable in three dimensions and in water that may not be perfectly clear with living things. Pfah. I think he needs to come to the Caribbean in our sailboat. :-P
I think any good life should have some of each, really.
True. And he'll laugh at my utter lack of coordination on skis while I make fun of his fear of creatures from the deep.
"What happened to Living Graciously?"
As a Taoist with the personality that is the polar opposite of Taoism, I've realized that Depeche Mode were right when they sang that; "I think that God's got a sick sense of humor.."
I don't really care about any sport, although I enjoy going to the occasional Sharks (hockey) game. So I wish the young man well, as most of those guys end up living with pain the rest of their lives.
But the Oscar Grant III shooting is something I care about. I live in the Bay Area and I've rode BART. I used to have cop friends, and they were mostly racist and controlling. The BART police were so badly under-trained they didn't even ride the system. They just hung out in their cars.
Maybe the cop, in the heat of the moment, drew the wrong weapon. But Grant was already on the ground and easily sub-doable(?) through physical means.
I've owned guns and I have nothing against guns. But one thing the cops seem to lack, (including my friends before they retired,) is a healthy sense of responsibility when it comes to guns. That's why they scare me.
I've also held a Taser. It feels very different from a gun, and the safety is much different than the safety on a gun. (This is assuming the cop had the safety on.)
I fear a possible second, (and much worse,) riot when the sentence is handed down. And just like the shooting in the Castro on Pink Saturday, during Pride Weekend; and the shooting and fighting that killed Halloween in the Castro a few years ago - these "rioters" are really people who come from other nearby places to be/get drunk and cause trouble.
This world just seems to get darker and darker, and intelligent people like you and me don't have the ability to block it out and focus on Jerry Springer.
Thank the Universe/God we have wonderful spouses.
The cop also apparently had pulled his taser at one point. How do we know this? Because Oscar Grant took a picture of him holding the taser with his own cell phone. According to testimony, his taser was cross-body holstered on his left, but he grabbed the gun on his right. Even giving the cop EVERY benefit of the doubt, this still strikes me as beyond the pale. And frustrating that so few people seem to care.
I think a lot of people may care, but their own problems overwhelm them right now.
I had a feeling that the song and dance were the idea of his representatives.
That's a bad reason not to cover something, if one takes seriously the press' position as "the Fourth Estate."
Aww, we used to go to Lincoln City when I was a little girl. I miss it so much.
ugh...I hadn't even heard of the Oscar Grant story. Disturbing.
And disturbing that many people hadn't heard it.
I suppose part of what makes it disturbing is the idea that people
aren't sooo surprised that the cops accidentally killed someone in a
shooting that then gets argued back and forth about whether or not it
was intentional or accidental. Do you think that the officer received
the proper conviction in that case?
Having watched the videos from every available angle, I would say no. He may look shocked that he shot the guy, but he was creating the disturbance himself, had his taser out shortly before he pulled the gun, had the taser on the other side of his body, and should be held to a higher standard. He should have been convicted of second degree murder and the circumstances considered in sentencing.
In my humble and only partially informed opinion.
LBJ -- Agreed. It was obscene how they were making that young man out to somehow be the Economic Saviour of Cleveland. WRONG!! He's a young adult using the skills and talents he's got to make a living for himself and his family. And having had money, at this point he wants success as defined in his field? Reasonable goal. I wish him a championship ring or six, cause he really IS a hard working young man with an extraordinary level of talent. And Cleveland tightens the purse strings every single time they get anywhere close to championship quality, so he'll never get it here.
As to the Grant case -- heard about it. Unamused.
He stayed in Cleveland when his contract came up the last time, but the notion that he somehow belongs to the city is ridiculous.