Mistah FAB Speaks On Johannes Mehserle Sentencing

After Mehserle gets two years for murdering Oscar Grant, FAB calls for concern saying, "Any one of us could've been Oscar Grant."

Over the weekend, Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentenced former BART offier Johannes Mehserle to a minimum term of two years in prison after Mehserle was caught on tape shooting Oscar Grant in 2009. Mehserle, who faced a maximum of 14 years, maintains that he mistakenly drew his gun instead of his taser when he shot Grant. In the wake of protests and demonstrations—some of which have turned violent—Bay Area emcee, Mistah FAB offered his take during an interview with Youth Radio.

“It’s timely for leaders of the community to come out and voice their opinions,” FAB said. “Not necessarily to have a coalition of trying to cool it, but to let people know that we’ve been affected. I have a daughter, she has to grow up in these same communities. Many of my friends have sons; I have many peers and friends and a lot of the young guys are involved in things where they can easily be stereotyped. These are my friends. These are people that I mentor, and it can happen to them. Any one of us can be Oscar Grant.”

While speaking with the San Francisco Gate, Oakland Police Spokeswoman Holly Joshi said the department was mindful that some protests led to violence, and that more officers would be on duty near the downtown area. In the wake of Mehserle’s July 8 verdict, 78 people were arrested.

“It’s embarrassing; it’s a slap in the face,” FAB added. “You have all right to be frustrated. But also be mindful that everybody is not guilty for that. Every cop doesn’t have that same mentality, so be mindful of what you do. So think, because you don’t want to be another Oscar Grant.”

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  • Reginald James

    Photo Caption: Bay Area Journalists Reginald James (theblackhour.com) and Minister of Information JR (blockreportradio.com) outside of the January 30, 2009 bail hearing of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Credit: The Daily Cal

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  • david petrelli

    there is no excuse for the murder of oscar. . bob and andrea, nobody is blaming white folks for everything!?! oscar is not a criminal . . the police who came to the scene instigated the situation that caused oscars death. . .. it's important now to know which side your talking for and siding with , there is no excuse for this situation.. FUCK COPS THAT COME TO OAKLAND FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES TO TERRORIZE CITIZENS OF OAKLAND !! the cops and local government have showed no remorse, that is disgraceful and rude.. FTP all day!

  • Andrea

    yo cuz, I feel ya on dis... but remember oscar grant was actin a fool on da bart train. not every police is bad. we need as a community to stop black on black violence, and need to stop those breaking the law, so dat we aint have a reason to fear police. we cant always be blamin white folks for everything.

    • true

      Andrea makes some good points...Wheres the rallys to stop the senseless gang violence/club shootings/carjackings and other b.s. that needed to stop a long time ago? End all of the nonsense and you give the cops no reason to even come close to a situation like this.

    • Bob

      I agree with Andrea. 62 murders in Oakland this year, 3 in the last weekend. No protests, no marching, and why not? It is sad that someone died, and prayers go out to the Grant family, but he was a criminal causing a ruckus that forced BART police to be called out in the first place. Be angry and march all you want. But I wouldn't do it for Oscar. I would do it for all of the other innocent victims who fall prey on Oakland streets all the time.

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