A transit police officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant in 2009 lied to investigators that he was “fighting for his life” when he punched the unarmed Black man, according to recently released documents. The New Year’s Eve murder took place on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) platform in Oakland, California.
A set of 10-year-old documents were released on Wednesday under California’s new police transparency law, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The report by the Meyers Nave law firm, which documented BART police officers’ response to the incident, found that Officer Anthony Pirone “started a cascade of events that ultimately led to the shooting.”
The report stated that Pirone, who is white, hit Grant in the face while he was trying to detain him. Pirone had forced Grant to sit down and then “struck Grant in the face with his left knee.”…
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