Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Oscar Grant civil cases can proceed

A federal judge has ruled that Oscar Grant's family and some of his fellow BART passengers can go ahead with both illegal arrest and unnecessary force civil lawsuits against the transit agency.
According to SFGate, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of San Francisco said that other evidence, including videos, suggested the 22-year-old Hayward man "was completely incapacitated and posed no threat to anyone," and therefore a jury should decide whether any force, including a stun gun, was justified.
It is also questionable whether or not it was lawful for BART police to detain Oscar Grant and the other men in the first place.