Anger in San Francisco over subway police shooting

OAKLAND, Calif —

Angry residents on Thursday vented their frustration over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man, a day after violent protests in Oakland.

Community members in the San Francisco suburb of Oakland met directors of the city’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system to voice concern over the New Year’s Day killing of Oscar Grant, 22, who was shot dead by a police officer responding to reports of fighting on the subway.

The shooting was captured on video and has been widely broadcast on television and on the Internet.

Amos Brown, a senior minister at the Third Baptist church in San Francisco and member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called on on BART leaders to recognize the killing as “murder.”

“We need (to) embrace a reverence and respect for every human life,” Brown was quoted as saying on The Oakland Tribune’s website.

“BART in tandem should join with this audience in saying that was murder; don’t explain it away as a mistake.”

Grant’s family has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against BART. The police officer who shot Grant resigned on Wednesday.

Protests grew violent on Wednesday after around 200 protesters headed toward downtown Oakland and began wreaking havoc.

They blocked streets and smashed store windows, then bashed a police cruiser and about two dozen other cars. They set a garbage bin on fire. Police estimated the damage at $150,000.

Police in riot gear responded with tear gas, finally breaking up the crowd late at night and arresting more than 100 people on charges including inciting riot, assaulting police and vandalism.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said the Oakland Police Department would conduct its own investigation of the fatal shooting.

Wire reports

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    adaydream

    I couldn't believe the video. The guy was on his chest, hand cuffed behind his back. Cop just stands up and shoots.

    This was outright murder. < :-)

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    smithinjapan

    This guy has to be properly charged. That was clearly murder.

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    SuperLib

    That's just insane. He's a murderer.

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    Nessie

    Subway police shooting means a police officer was shot. They mean police subway shooting.

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