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Private Screening of “Fruitvale Station”

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Last night, I went to a private screening of an indie film that is about the murder of Oscar Grant.  The film, “Fruitvale Station”,  which starts Michael B. JordanOctavia SpencerMelonie Diaz, & Chad Michael Murray is based on the wrongful death of Oakland resident Oscar Grant on New Years Day 2009 by a Bart Police Officer in Oakland, CA.  The film has already won various awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

If you do not know who Oscar Grant is (yes I am judging if you don’t), then you should definitely look him up. In a nutshell, he was coming home from partying for NYE and there was scuffle on the BART in Oakland.  Police singled out him and his friends to get off the train and proceed to harass them.  Onlookers on the train started recording police and protesting the way they were treating Grant and his friends.  Things got a little out of hand and the police decided to arrest Grant and his friends.  An officer laid Grant on his stomach, with his knee on Grants back, he pulled out his gun and shot him and proceed to hand cuff him; Grant died hours later.  This caused an out-roar and many people put their videos up online and the videos  went viral.  Following the death, many protest broke out which lead to the arrest of the officer.  The officer was charged with “Involuntary Manslaughter” and was sentenced to two years in prison, but only served 11 months.

It was a very sad time in California!  I remember it like it was yesterday, I had just moved back to LA from the Bay the summer before, but still had many friends that lived in the Bay Area.  I remember seeing something about the case everyday on social media.  The movie is about Grants last 24 hours alive.  Showing how he was trying to get his life on track for his sake and his families (specifically his daughter and mother).  Most of the theater was in tears by the end of the movie.  It is still a very touchy subject and people are still demanding a better punishment for the officer who shot Grant.  Here is the trailer below.  The movie opens July 12th in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  If you are in those areas I highly suggest you check it out!

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