Police Shooting in Oakland

I know this blog is long overdue, I have just been too lazy to write (I’m still on vacation). On New Year’s Eve Oakland transit police were responding to groups of men fighting on the train. The men were taken of the train and handcuffed on the platform, Oscar Grant III was one of those men. After the officer cuffed Oscar Grant he felt it was necessary to pull out his firearm. He shot his firearm toward Oscar Grant and the bullet ricocheted off the ground and into Oscar Grants back. As soon as I heard about this story I was reminded of Sean Bell who was murdered by New York City Police the day before his wedding two years ago. When will these senseless killings stop? A week later (January 7th) a peaceful protest for justice through the streets of Oakland for Oscar Grant turned violent, protesters started fires and vandalized cars. Finally, today the police officer who killed Oscar Grant on New Year’s Eve has been arrested and charged with murder. The District Attorney admitted it was because of massive public pressure.

So the protest and the pressure from the Oakland community has worked. This is only the first step, the conviction is the last. There are videos that show the officer wrongfully used his gun.

R.I.P Oscar Grant

About Edmund Adjapong

Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is a student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Science Education and received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Edmund believes every student learns differently. He also believes that engaging young men with media–despite its unconventional method–is an effective way to educate. Edmund enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color, as they are our future. He fell in love with Hip-Hop after memorizing Puff Daddy's song "All about the Benjamins," in the third grade. Following the completion of his masters degree, Edmund plans on teaching science in a New York City public school and pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Science Education. His ultimate goal is to become a science educator and researcher. This blog is a reflection of Edmund’s thoughts during his journey toward a terminal degree. For more information about Edmund Adjapong please feel free to contact him at: E.adjapong@gmail.com
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