The Stimulator: It takes a village to start a riot


This week:

1. Free the prisoners
2. Oscar Grant Riots
3. US military buildup in Latin America
4. The barefoot bandit is caught
5. Ode to Cha-Cha
6. Arresting video ninjas

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Murder in cold blood by Todd Chretien + Bart Police Shoot Oscar Grant

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Updated: replaced video

Todd Chretien reports on the outpouring of anger after Oakland police killed an unarmed man on the platform of a transit station.
January 7, 2009

ON NEW Year’s Eve, as scores of horrified people looked on, Oakland transit police forced 22-year-old Oscar Grant to the ground, kneeled on his head and then shot him in the back.

Grant, an African American father of a 4-year-old daughter and an Oakland grocery story worker, died several hours later. The bullet entered his back, ricocheted off the concrete floor and punctured his lungs.

Police attempted to confiscate cell phone videos taken by Bay Area Rapid Transit passengers and initially claimed that security cameras didn’t record the incident. However, in the last two days, they have been forced to admit that the security cameras did capture the assault.

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