Fruitvale Station is based on the events leading to the murder of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed on New Years day 2009 by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station in Oakland, California.
Thousands took to the streets in protest at Oscar’s murder – occupying the turnstiles of Fruitvale station – and a determined campaign led to the first prosecution of an officer in California’s history. During a recent UK-US justice tour across California, families in the UK met Oscar’s Uncle – Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson – who dedicated himself to fighting for justice for Oscar and is now building a network of families demanding an end to deaths and police brutality across the US.
Uncle Bobby said of his visit to London “Love Not Blood Campaign is coming to London to bridge the gap and unite the fight against police terrorism from Oakland to Florida to New York to Cleveland to Texas; from every State in USA fighting against police terrorism to London and every boroughs of London fighting against police terrorism, because Black Lives Matter everywhere and that police accountability is a Human Right. We demand justice and police accountability everywhere. Our vision is a world where no one has the right to take the life of another and be protected/ insulated from the consequences of doing so by a system of structural racism, obfuscation and propaganda.” Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson – Oscar Grant’s Uncle
Uncle Bobby will also be joining the United Families and Friends memorial procession on Sat 31st Oct, assemble 12 noon Trafalgar Square