Posted by unclehomerr, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm
May I point out,[portion removed] Officer Meserle was convicted of 'involuntary' manslaughter, not murder, and which is, or will be, on appeal. Sensible people, who acknowledged from the beginning that this was probably a terrible accident, were supporting him.
I mourn the death of Oscar Grant as much as anyone outside his family.. and the tragic consequences Officer Meserle has to face.
Posted by james, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm
aside from the fact that the cops escalated that whole episode on the platform, you will never be able to convince me that a trained professional law enforcement officer could not tell the difference between his service weapon and a stun gun.
Posted by Dublin dan, a resident of the Kolb Ranch Estates neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Protest took place in Dublin. The article makes no mention that it was supported or participated in by Dublin residents. Don't make assumptions. Pleasanton had a FedX truck robbed. Are all Pleasanton residents in support of armed robbery?
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm
If Grant and his friends behaved like normal civililized human beings he would be alive today, probably in prison. The police didn't magically appear and begin to harass them. I blame Grant and his friends for what happened. Mesherle made a tragic mistake and he will pay for it.
Posted by Maggie, a resident of the Valencia neighborhood, on Aug 17, 2010 at 8:56 am
The death of Grant was a tragedy. Families of both sides will never be the same as a result. Mehserle will be in his own personal hell for the rest of his life as he lives his days knowing what he did - to Grant, the Grant family and his own family. I do not believe he deserves to go to prison. Only he knows if it was an accident. Police put their lives on the line every day and this is how we stand by them? If this were a white police officer vs. a white young man would the case have ended in the same way?
Posted by michele, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Stevep & Mike: Your statement that if your "civilized people" & "if you don't put yourself in arms way, you'll be fine" is very na´ve. That MAY be true if you live in Pleasanton, but not everyone is so lucky. Innocent people die everyday, simply walking home, sitting on their front porch, etc. Are those people uncivilized or is that in harms way? Please people - none of us were there that night, but we all saw the same thing: an unarmed man sitting against the wall, be thrown onto his stomach & shot in the back. Officer Pirone is just as responsible as Meserhle. Calling all of them the "N" word among other things - those 2 officers were supposed to be professional and were trained as such. Both acted like juvenile criminals themselves.
I have a family full of police officers. I have great respect for them and those who serve. They're out there doing a job I could never do. BUT, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be held responsible for their actions.
Posted by Awwwwwwwwww, a resident of Dublin, on Aug 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm
Let's do a little reflection here. Grant was a two time convicted felon and had done time, one felony conviction was for shooting at police trying to escape. He was out very early in the morning starting trouble on BART and his party was picking on people who in turn called the police on him and his party. I hardly think he did a lot to keep himself out of bad situations and this kind of thing happens to people who do that type of thing. I suspect he would still be alive today had he been home with his ride and child who he said he cared so much about. Pity party for nothing. Feel bad for those he bullied.
Posted by neighbor, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm
Michele: You should be ashamed of yourself. You have a family full of police officers and you claim that the officers involved "acted like juvenile criminals themselves". Really?! When was the last time you were yelled at? Threatened? Made to think you were a piece of scum, made others feel unsafe at the BART station? That's exactly what Oscar Grant and his friends were doing that unfortunate evening. Seems ironic that if you were from a family of officers, you would know better. Officers go up against the lowest of the low people on a day to day basis; continually get attacked, verbally, physically, emotionally, but all you can say is that they acted like juveniles. If Grant and his friends had acted like normal people that fateful evening; none of this would've happened!
It definitely doesn't sound like you "have great respect for them and those who serve". People need to stand up and say what is right (which is what Meserhle said), Grant's death was unfortunate and a mistake, but what wasn't said was that, it wouldn't have happened if Grant and friends had chosen to act differently that night.
Proud to say that I am related and friends with many officers!