Due for a July release, director Ryan Coogler's drama Fruitvale Station, portrays a real event. The film, produced by Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker, won the Prize of the Future at the Cannes Film Festival.
In the early hours of New Year's Day 2009, unarmed 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back on the platform of Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California by Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months of a two-year minimum sentence. He said he had accidentally pulled his gun instead of his taser gun.
The disturbing court-released compilation of video from the actual shooting, taken by witnesses with their cell phone cameras, is below. One thing about such incidents that adds insult to outrage is the increasing illegal habit by police of confiscating cell phones from witnesses. If you are doing no wrong, why the need to harass bystanders and destroy evidence?