Today when I walked out of the Fruitvale BART station, a few young people were asking people to boycott BART tomorrow to honor the killing of Oscar Grant, a 22 year old man BART police shot and killed in the early hours of January 1st, on the platform of the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland. I have been following the story since New Year's Day when I learned of the fatal shooting just hours earlier on the platform just a few hundred meters from where I live.
make-shift vigil at Fruitvale BART station
Video footage supported by eyewitnesses reports of this incident shows that Grant was "lying on his stomach with his hands out in a non-threatening position when he was shot". Police have confirmed Grant was unarmed and have suggested the shooting was an accident. Grant lived in Hayward and leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter. There will be a rally to protest the shooting from 3pm till 8pm on Wednesday January 7th at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland after a public funeral in Hayward.