5 men file $1.5 million lawsuit claiming BART police violated civil rights.
San Francisco, CA (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–The Associated Press (AP) reported on Wednesday a lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the five friends of the 22 year-old man who was fatally shot on January 6, 2009 by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police. The five friends filed a $1.5 million civil rights violation lawsuit in court against BART, the San Francisco bay area public rapid transit railway system, alleging police officers hit, taunted, and detained the five men after they fatally shot their unarmed friend, Oscar Grant, in the back on New Year’s Day.
Video of the police officer’s fatal shooting of Grant while he lied face down on the train station platform took the media and nation by storm. The Oakland, California subway police shooting video footage led to violent protests by Oakland residents on January 8, 2009.
The former police officer who shot Grant pled not guilty to Grant’s murder in criminal court. The lawyers for the five plaintiffs are seeking compensation for the civil rights violations of their clients by BART police officers.
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