Second officer used racial slur in BART killing

(RAW STORY)   A new bombshell may be waiting to explode in the case of Oscar Grant, the black man who was killed by a white San Francisco Bay Area Transit Authority police officer.

One of the police officers called Grant a “bitch ass n—er” before Grant was killed by another officer.

A videotape taken by a bystander shows one of the officers, identified by the San Francisco Chronicle as Tony Pirone, shouting “bitch as n—er, right?” twice, about 30 seconds before Grant was shot to death by fellow officer Johannes Mehserle.

Mehserle, 27, has been suspended and charged with murder. Pirone has also been suspended.

The new video was filmed by a rider at the Oakland Fruitvale Station early New Year’s Day.

Pirone and his attorney aver that Pirone was simply repeating a phrase Grant hurled at the officers. Grant’s voice, however, is not audible on the tape. A sound-enhanced version of the recording shows the officer slamming Grant with a “shoulder chop” which dropped him to the ground, and then uttering the racial epithet.

The tape emerged during the preliminary hearing for the officer who shot and killed Grant but has received scant attention.

Asked if he made the statement, Pirone testified in court: “I don’t remember, but it very well may have happened.”

“Is that something you would have initiated on your own, calling him names?” a lawyer asked.

“No, I don’t talk like that,” Pirone said.

The lawyer representing Grant’s family told the Chronicle that Pirone’s remarks were “shocking and disturbing” and that “Pirone was out of control, assaulting Oscar Grant and taunting him with racial slurs, and none of the other officers seemed to put him in check.”

As RAW STORY reported in January, “The officer who punched Grant in the face is the same officer who investigators say had his knee on Grant’s neck when the 22-year-old man was shot. Aside from Mehserle, no BART officers have been charged with wrongdoing.

“There’s no question in my mind that that’s vivid powerful evidence that he committed a vicious physical assualt, unprovoked on a citizen, for absolutely no reason,” said UC Hastings and Golden Gate law professor Peter Keane, who believes the officer should be fired and charged with assault. “That punch was totally unjustified… That officer is committing a crime.”

The East Bay Express points out that “Pirone has a history of not telling the truth.”

“For example, Pirone testified that Grant had refused to put his hands behind him, but then was forced to admit that videotapes of the shooting showed Grant doing just that,” Robert Gammon writes.

“Pirone also said on the stand that Grant had kicked him in the groin moments before the killing. But then Pirone admitted that he never told investigators about the alleged kick during at least two interviews in the days after the killing. Pirone said he only remembered the kick later, after viewing videotapes of the incident – which, it should be noted, do not show any such kick, just as they do not show Grant calling Pirone a ‘Bitch-ass Nigger.’

http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/06/29/oscar-grant-killed-racial-slur/

One Response to Second officer used racial slur in BART killing

  • In viewing the video, which shows both Officers, Pirone & Mehserle, trying to handcuff Mr, Grant,..it does appear to me, that Mr Grant is making it “difficult”, for these officers to “cuff” him,..Which is not to smart a thing for him to do,..as cops on an “adrenilin high”, can be very dangerous,..That having been said,..certainly, no reasonable person, would conclude that the use of “deadly force”, was justified,..Which brings us to to “question”, upon which this trial resst,..such being,..Did Officer Mehserle, “deliberately” Shoot Mr Grant, with his firearm,..or,..Did he “intend to us his “taser”,..All things considered,..there is no “proof”, that Officer Mehserle, “intended” to “kill”, Mr Grant,..One more thing that I noticed,..was that Officer Mehserle, pulled his gun out of his holdster, while still kneeling over Mr. Grant,..& then , stood up, & paused, before firing the fatal shot,..& thus, indicating that he was in no, particlar hurry to shoot, & then, actually fired in the general direction of Officer Pirone,..all of which eesms to support Officer Mehserle’s claim that he intended to use his “taser”,.. all in all,..I cannot see how the D.A. can make the case for a “murder”, conviction,..As Officer Mehserle’s “state of mind”, cannot be proven,..”Negligent Homicide”, for sure,..But “Murder”, is a “Stretch”,..The outcome of this trial will, pretty much, depend upon the racial make up of the jury,…as did the O.J. Simpson trail,…

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