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How Trayvon Martin's Death Highlights the Flaws in 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2013 4:13 PM
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  • 9 Comments
Even before the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case came down, critics were drawing parallels between Martin, who was shot dead by Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, and Oscar Grant, who on New Year's Day, 2009 was shot dead by a Bay Area transit officer while he was lying face down on a subway platform. Grant's story is national news not because of new developments -- officer Johannes Mehserle, who said he thought he was firing his newly issued Taser, received a two-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter and was released in June of 2011; federal civil-rights charges against him are pending -- but because of Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler’s docufictional account of Grant’s last 24 hours on earth.

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