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Mehserle Rally Measures Reality

By Michael
K. Martin
and Aneesah
Dryver

A faceoff of posters and supporters of Officer Johannes Mehserle and Oscar Grant, some were lying facedown occurred on Monday in Walnut Creek. Photos by Gene Hazzard.

Participants in the July 19,  Walnut Creek “rally ,“ organized by supporters of  former Bay Area Rapid Transit (“BART”) policeman Johannes Mehserle, were outnumbered and outshouted by participants in the demonstration opposing the rally.  Mr. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on July 8,  in the shooting death of Oscar Grant, III in the early morning hours of January 1, 2009.
The rally, scheduled to begin at 2:00 Monday afternoon, in the parking lot of the Contra Costa County Superior Courthouse, was estimated in advance to be attended by about 200 supporters.  The estimate fell far short.  At 1:30 p.m., a half hour before the rally was to begin, participant level was at approximately 30.  The crowd gradually grew over the next hour, to, maybe 50.
A demonstration in opposition to the Mehserle rally had begun to take place by 1:30 p.m., well in advance of the pro-Mehserle rally.  Sign-carrying, chanting participants in that demonstration numbered about forty, gathered on the sidewalk and wall in front of the courthouse.  Several vehicles passing on Ygnacio Valley Road, honked their horns in support.
There were a dozen officers from the Walnut Creek Police Department (“WCPD”) and the Contra Costa County Sheriff, standing on the cordoned-off parking lot.  These included three on the courthouse roof, one with a video camera. Read more

Faithful Gather in Memory

Father Jay Matthews, Chauncey Bailey’s minister,  reminisced about Chauncey. At left is Post reporter Aneesha Dryver and Wade McCalister. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Father Jay Matthews, Chauncey Bailey’s minister, reminisced about Chauncey. At left is Post reporter Aneesha Dryver and Wade McCalister. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

By Michael
Martin

“We grew up together.  He was very dedicated to his profession and to getting his story.”  Father Jay Matthews of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church on 82nd Avenue in Oakland, the home church of the late Chauncey Bailey, Jr., spoke these words at a gathering at 14th and Alice Streets in Oakland, honoring the memory of the late Mr. Bailey who was the editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post, and was shot and killed August 2, 2007.
“That is what I remember most about Chauncey Bailey,” Father Matthews continued, “he embraced the community – to have and to hold .” All who knew Mr. Bailey were touched, it appears, by his very presence.  Aneesha Dryer, a Post writer said “he still inspires people even after his death.”  She spoke of his dedication.  “He has inspired me,” she said, “because I want to be a journalist.” Read more