On New Year's Day, Oscar Grant was executed by a transit police officer. He was face down on a subway platform, was subdued and posed no threat.
We later learned that it wasn't just one cop attacking Oscar Grant on New Year's Eve. A new video shows that before Grant was killed, officer Tony Pirone punched him in the face without cause. Experts have called it criminal. So why has the District Attorney said he's not pursuing charges?
It took two weeks and thousands of people speaking out before the DA charged Oscar Grant's killer with murder. Clearly, it will take continued public pressure to see that justice is served throughout this case.
Please join us in publicly confronting District Attorney Tom Orloff, as well as calling on California's Attorney General to keep an eye on Orloff's handling of the case. And please ask your friends and family to do the same.
UPDATE: In February 2009, Bay Area ColorOfChange members confronted DA Tom Orloff with stacks of more than 20,000 petitions demanding that he explain why he hadn’t arrested Tony Pirone. Most local media covered the delivery, feeding a public conversation about the DA’s handling of the case. Pirone was eventually dismissed from the force.