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BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 29 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments]
Production of the movie "Fruitvale" on July 28, 2012 at an East Bay BART Station. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

A movie about the New Year’s Day 2009 shooting of BART passenger Oscar Grant by a police officer has been selected to compete for best dramatic film in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, festival organizers announced Wednesday.

“Fruitvale” depicts the hours before Grant’s slaying by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland. The shooting was captured on numerous cameras by witnesses and immediately went viral on the internet.

BART Police Shooting, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 17 Apr 2012 | One Comment]
Grant's mother Wanda Johnson reacted angrily to the news that Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not murder. "My son was murdered. He was murdered!" she said. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

A movie about the shooting of Oscar Grant, the 22 year-old unarmed Hayward man killed by BART Police in 2009, could begin filming in Northern California this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The entertainment publication said Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and “Chronicle” actor Michael B. Jordan are in negotiations to play the roles of Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother, and the shooting victim in the production.

Bay Area Snapshots »

[By Steven Luo | 16 May 2011 | No Comments]
A man pushes a cart with blocks of ice through the street during the Cinco de Mayo festival in Oakland's Fruitvale District May 1. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Fruitvale District, Oakland 

From the California Beat photography collection, Bay Area Snapshots is an occasional glimpse at daily life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BART Police Shooting, Cover Stories »

Johannes Mehserle

On Friday morning, one of the final chapters of a tragic high-profile Bay Area story will be written.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge is set to sentence former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on Friday for the shooting death of passenger Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station platform on January 1, 2009.

BART Police Shooting »

[By Beat News Service | 28 Oct 2010 | No Comments]
Johannes Mehserle

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer who was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter in the 2008 shooting death of Oscar Grant, sat down for his first interview with a reporter since the New Year’s Day incident.

Mehserle spoke with KTVU Television from the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail where he has been held since the verdict announcement. The interview will air on Channel 2’s 10 p.m. news Thursday evening.

Cops & Courts, Cover Stories, Oakland »

[By Jennifer Courtney | 18 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments]
Sal Duart, who works at a Mexican Bakery in Oakland's Fruitvale District said his neighborhood police officer told him no longer to call her for help. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

OAKLAND — The departure of 80 police officers in Oakland after failed negotiations between the city council and the police union has residents and business owners in the city wondering: what if I’m ever in need of a police officer’s help?

Will an officer come to help me if I’m to become a crime victim?

Cops & Courts, Oakland »

[By California Beat | 17 Jul 2010 | No Comments]

(7/18) — UPDATED 19:36 PDT — A knife-wielding man, who threatened police Saturday morning and shouted “shoot me”, was shot and killed by five police officers — three from Oakland Police and two from BART Police — in East Oakland, authorities said.

The shooting happened at 8:24 a.m. near the intersection of 33st Street and E. 18th Street in the city’s Fruitvale District — just blocks away from the Fruitvale BART station. Oakland Police identified the man Sunday afternoon as Fred Collins, 48, of Oakland.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 3 Jan 2009 | 3 Comments]

Hundreds of thousands of New Year’s revelers flocked to celebration sites around the Bay Area on New Year’s Eve to bid adieu to a dismal 2008 and welcome what everyone hopes will be a much better 2009. At the region’s largest celebration along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, celebrants were treated to a fireworks show that, at times, was subdued because of a low-lying fog ceiling that threatened to obscure the pyrotechnics.

But — fog or no fog — a mostly orderly crowd kept the energy level high. The event was proclaimed as the city’s official New Year’s celebration. Organizers said that there would be no alcohol and public drunkeness would not be tolerated. San Francisco Police were out in force Wednesday evening with full patrols along the Embarcadero and clusters of cops positioned all along Justin Herman Plaza.