OAKLAND (KCBS) — Hundreds rallied in Oakland on Saturday to support the family of the man shot to death by a BART police officer almost two years ago.

It was part of a Bay Area-wide Port of Oakland shutdown organized by the Bay Area Labor Movement.

Fiery speeches were made on the steps of Oakland City Hall in honor of Oscar Grant, the Hayward man shot dead by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle.

“It’s very powerful because we have international eyes on us. And we believe there’s an opportunity to see the system work,” said Grant’s uncle Cephus Johnson.

Mehserle, who shot and killed Grant, is scheduled to be sentenced on November 5.

Ed Henderson, a business agent for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10 said the union has a longstanding policy of solidarity with those who suffer police brutality.

“We’re not personally attacking our taxpayers or any merchants out there with any shipping,” Henderson said. “We have a meeting once a month and we normally shutdown on Thursday nights once a month.”

Two union members were shot in the back by police in 1934.

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Comments (4)
  1. Zack Debarco says:

    This is nothing but a marxist union that will always be anti-establishment. They support the crooks to stir things up. May Karma happen to all of them and then we’ll see who they march for.

  2. bill says:

    The longshoremen prefer to support convicted felons, drug dealers, gang banger and prostitutes, yet hundreds of innocent women and children were killed and maimed in the past years in Oakland.

    The innocent according to the longshoremen are not worth marching for and have no rights, only the criminal element does.

    Appers the longshoremen’s union give new meaning to the phrase organized crime

  3. wubzy says:

    ‘Why can’t we just all cet along?’

  4. Steve says:

    Yes, the international eyes are watching…watching you beat the air out of this issue and the fact that you guys continue to protest just because the justice system didn’t work the way you wanted it to.

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