10 Years Later: Oscar Grant, Black Lives Matter and Police Accountability

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Supporters of Oscar J. Grant III hold a rally in South Central Los Angeles after the involuntary manslaughter verdict against the former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officer Johannes Mehserle was announced, on July 8, 2010. ( MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar Grant's death at the hands of a BART police officer in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009 shook the Bay Area. The shooting garnered national attention in large part because a video of the shooting was captured by bystanders. Recorded on cellphones, the grainy videos went viral and shifted the national conversation about police accountability and racism. But how much has changed in the 10 years since Grant's death?

From the rise of Black Lives Matter to Charlottesville, Forum looks back at how policing, citizen journalism and our understanding of race has changed in the last decade.


Franklin E. Zimring, professor of law, UC Berkeley School of Law; author, "When Police Kill"

Sandhya Dirks, East Bay reporter, KQED

Cat Brooks, former Oakland Mayoral candidate; founder, Anti-Police Terror Project

Allissa Richardson, assistant professor of journalism, University of Southern California