Oscar Grant Shooting Death: Film Delivers A Vital Message

Source: Amy Kaugman / Los Angeles Times

Four and a half years ago, Grant, 22, was shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on the Fruitvale station platform, only five miles from the theater.

When she arrived at the Grand Lake Theater, she looked red-carpet ready — her dress flowing, not a hair out of place — but her heart was pounding. So she sat down in the lobby, placed her hands delicately on her lap and surveyed the chaos: cameras flashing, popcorn spilling, movie fans standing tiptoe trying to glimpse Hollywood stars on hand for the Northern California premiere of “Fruitvale Station.”

It was a film about her son, Oscar Grant III. Soon, she was going to watch him die on screen — for the third time.

The African American father was returning with friends from New Year’s Eve celebrations in San Francisco when a fight broke out on his train. At the Fruitvale stop, authorities pulled the unarmed Grant aside, forcibly restrained him and pinned him to the ground as onlookers captured the scene with cellphones.

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