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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: February 01, 2009, 01:23:13 PM »
In fairness, I don't believe the stories "I planned to taze him" and "I thought he had a gun" are at all inconsistent.  An officer may use a Taser on someone because he believes that person may have a gun (and reserve deadly force for when he knows that person has a gun).  Regardless, I am really SMH over all this.  It's a tragic shame.

wasn't grant cuffed though?

Yes...with an officer's foot on his neck. Has anyone seen the pre-shooting video where Oscar Grant was punched in the face by another officer?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac5s6SyYzQM

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: February 01, 2009, 12:36:47 PM »
BART cop's defense claims Taser mistaken for gun
Stephen C. Webster
Published: Saturday January 31, 2009

Shooter's bail set at $3 million as protest flares in Oakland; Outside agency taking over investigation

According to files released Friday, Johannes Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit officer who shot and killed 22-year-old Oscar Grant on New Year's Day, told a fellow officer he planned to shock Grant with his Taser, not shoot him.

During a crowded Friday hearing, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson set Mehserle's bail at $3 million.

"That is the type of bail that will go a long ways toward ensuring future appearances in court," said the judge.

Also on Friday, it was announced that an outside agency would take over the shooting investigation, displacing BART Police Chief Gary Gee after he circulated a memo describing how BART employees might go about sending money and material comforts to Mehserle.

"It is unacceptable for the police chief, who ostensibly is investigating Mehserle and other officers ... To encourage officers to visit and make financial contributions to Mehserle," said John Burris, who represents Oscar Grant's family.

Judge Jacobson said he set Mehserle's bail so high because he believes the officer gave an "inconsistent story." He went so far as to say the defendant might "make up a story to avoid the consequences of his actions."

"Jacobson said Mehserle told fellow BART police officers that he was going to use a Taser on Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man, but after Mehserle shot Grant he told a colleague, 'I thought he had a gun,'" reports San Francisco's KTVU.

The court documents, which contain statements from fellow BART officers present during the shooting, indicate that Mehserle had intended to use a Taser on Grant.

"I'm going to taze him, I'm going to taze him," Mehserle said, according to Officer Tony Pirone. "I can't get his arms. He won't give me his arms. His hands are going for his waistband."

Immediately after the shot, Pirone claims Mehserle said, "Tony, I thought he was going for a gun."

(continued) http://rawstory.com/news/2008/BART_cops_defense_claims_taser_mistaken_0131.html

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Did anyone hear the Matchmaking episode of This American Life?

I did! But I missed some in the middle. I thought it was really interesting.

Did you hear the last one about the FAO Schwartz baby doll adoption segment? When they sold out of white babies?

I've heard that one a few times (it's been a part of a couple of different episodes, I think), and I find it so disturbing!

Yes, it was, but what those employees did was just too funny. "Go online, we have a whiter selection."

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Did anyone hear the Matchmaking episode of This American Life?

I did! But I missed some in the middle. I thought it was really interesting.

Did you hear the last one about the FAO Schwartz baby doll adoption segment? When they sold out of white babies?

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Did anyone hear the Matchmaking episode of This American Life?

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 26, 2009, 02:40:31 PM »
I am SO there on January 20, 2013.

ditto!

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 26, 2009, 12:08:42 AM »
Man...I wish I could have experienced this.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 26, 2009, 12:02:49 AM »
Did they not know it was going to be cold when they accepted?...

hence, the pre-recording...

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 25, 2009, 11:35:09 AM »
Did any body get close?

Moments that should've been better: 'Retha (umhmmm "cold weather"), Roberts (come on, man, 35 words...practice that ish or read a card), and Yo Yo Ma (recording? lame)

Those of us that are former band nerds know that instruments (particularly woodwinds/ orechestral instruments; brass is fine) aint worth a damn in the cold so I wasn't too disappointed it was a recording.  It woulda sounded like crap live and then u woulda been talking 'bout that.  Woulda been really squeaky.   

Yeah. I played cello for about 5 1/2 years and I can't imagine playing in that kind a cold. The thought of plucking metal strings in 30-something degree weather while your hand is numb....Plus, the cello wouldn't stay tuned in that kind of weather.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 21, 2009, 07:38:53 PM »
 ;D

Obama to sign order shutting Gitmo in a year
By LARA JAKES and DAVID ESPO, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within a year and halt military trials of terror suspects held there, a senior administration official said. The executive order was one of three expected imminently on how to interrogate and prosecute al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters believed to threaten the United States.

The official said the president would sign the order Thursday, fulfilling his campaign promise to shut down a facility that critics around the world say violates domestic and international detainee rights. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the event has not yet been announced.

An estimated 245 men are being held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, and 600 others at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Most have been detained for years without being charged with a crime. The administration already has received permission to suspend the trials at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of the military tribunals.

A copy of a draft of the order, obtained Wednesday by the AP, dealt only with the Guantanamo prison.

continued...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obama_guantanamo

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