BART reaches $1.5 million settlement for Oscar Grant's daughter Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jan 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm
BART reached an agreement with the mother of Oscar Grant's young daughter Tatiana late this afternoon. The settlement is for $1.5 million and stems from the $50 million lawsuit filed against the agency following the officer-involved shooting that took place on the Fruitvale BART Station platform early New Year's Day 2009.
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Posted by American, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Glad that a civil settlement was reached. Clearly, the Bart officer was negligent, and a civil settlement is appropriate for the victim's child. However, it is ridiculous that a criminal prosecution is taking place. Obviously, there was no mens rea, no criminal intent, to shoot and kill him. It was simply a negligent, accident, that belongs solely in the civil justice system, not the criminal justice system. The Alameda D.A.'s office needs to get a backbone, and not give in to the mob mentality that is wrongly playing the race card. This was an accident, by a novice, inexperienced police officer. No more, no less.
Posted by Alex, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2010 at 8:48 am
Who said the victim is a drugdealer? Do you have the fact to back this up?
I think the officer should get life sentence. Give me a break. He lost his mind, clearly. It's no different than when a citizen kills another over a traffic incident. People lose their minds in the heat of the moment, doesn't mean they don't get to spend the rest of their lives in jail at least.
Posted by American, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2010 at 9:21 am
Alex: American jurisprudence operates on the rule of law. The law says for a criminal murder prosecution, the DA must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had the required mens rea, or criminal intent, to unlawfully kill the victim. There is absolutely no evidence that the defendant had any premediated intent to kill anyone. He simply panicked in a tense situation, and was negligent. Sad situation, but not a criminal prosecution. Only reason DA is charging is because of mob mentality of the race card. If the victim was white, there would be no criminal prosecution.