FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2021
CONTACT: Cephus “Uncle Bobby” X Johnson: email@example.com; 510-706-7558
WHAT: Press Conference. The Oscar Grant Family and attorneys will announce results of today’s meeting with D.A. Nancy O’Malley in the murder case of Oscar Grant. The attorneys will present the D.A. with the laws and legal arguments that support the charge of felony murder against former BART police officer Anthony Pirone.
On January 11, 2021, O’Malley announced her decision not to prosecute Pirone. She stated in her report of January 7, 2021, that her decision was primarily based on the autopsy report by the Sheriff’s Department, that Oscar’s wounds were “superficial.” The Family and attorneys have engaged renowned pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu(Concussion) to review that autopsy thoroughly so as to encourage the D.A. to see that Oscar suffered, among other things, severe brain damage at the hands of Pirone.
O’Malley’s decision has been challenged by the BART Board itself in its Resolution of January 14, 2021, by the January 12 Resolution of the Oakland City Council, the January 14, 2021, Resolution of the Oakland Police Commission, as well as the MLK Day open letter appeal of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, which challenge is further supported by elected officials like Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, State Representative Rob Bonta, State Senator Nancy Skinner, Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
In a virtual town hall on Saturday, January 16, thousands of leaders and activists and families of blacks murdered by police joined the national cry to charge Pirone with felony murder of Oscar Grant. Among those in attendance were Rev. Al Sharpton, Alicia Garza and Patrice Cullers of Black Lives Matter, CNN personality Kamau Bell, Shaun King, Tamika Mallory, Rev. Charley Hames of Beebe Memorial and NAN, Dr. Mark Alexander of 100 Black Men of America, along with the families of: Jacob Blake, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland,Mario Woods, Michael Brown, Sahleem Tindle, Kenny Harding, Jr., Amadou Diallo, Emmett Till.
WHEN: TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021, 12:30 PM
WHERE: René C. Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA
WHO: Rev. Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar; Oscar’s uncle and aunt, Cephus X and Beatrice X Johnson; Coalition Attorneys Charles Bonner and John Burris.