The basic story is that BART police (transit police) in Oakland California were responding to a fight New Years day and one officer shoots an unarmed, prone suspect in the back fatally killing him. Sadly, police shootings are not unheard of. What struck me about this story is that 1.) the dead man was from my hometown, 2.) the shooting took place at the Fruitvale BART station where I have been numerous times myself, 3.) the whole thing was caught on multiple videos from bystanders cell phones etc. I don't know where exactly a conversation about this should go. The shooting itself brings up the issue of police brutality and proper use of protocol for discharging a weapon. It brings up the issue of how technology is starting to and will continue to affect the justice system. The videos themselves bring up a whole other set of issues. The witnesses who videoed the incident took their footage to the media instead of just turning them over to the "proper authorities." The videos are viewable on youtube (I am not posting a link because I don't want to post vid of some poor guy getting shot). Just put in BART Shooting. The videos being all over the media will make it really hard for the officer to get a fair trial. I am also disturbed by how many people want to watch a video of someone getting shot. What does this say about us as a society? Just some food for thought and venting some of my feelings about this. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves. Please keep it nice.