TEMPEST LANDRY DIDN’T see himself as a bad man. He had a wife, whom he loved, a steady girlfriend, who loved him passionately, and various women on the side. All in all he had fourteen children, which was impressive because he was only thirty-four years old when he died.
Not a thief by nature, he would pick up a dollar tip if it was lying on a table and no one was looking. If there was a key in a door he’d turn the lock to see what was on the other side. If a man was selling anything from steak knives to steaks on the corner he wouldn’t ask for a vendor’s license if the street salesman didn’t charge tax.
Tempest loafed when he could and worked when he had to. He remembered his wife’s anniversary and the birthdays of all his children and girlfriends. And though he had been arrested on various occasions he had never been convicted of a felony nor had he spent more than a week in jail.
Tempest wasn’t ashamed of his history, but neither was he the victim of pride. He had been in seven serious fights since the age of fourteen and though some blood had been shed no Mosley one had died. He was always courteous with policemen, and so in the last few seconds of life he was miffed that they could shoot him down the way they did when he had never so much as used the “f” word when they rousted him in the street or from out of his own bed.
In a way it was technology that killed him and not the police at all…..
Civil rights violence, court corruption and police brutality are in the spotlight in California again today as the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant and the late Oscar Grant’s family and community condemned judge “Rampart Robert Perry’s” ruling on the early release of the convicted killer former policeman Johannes Mehserle, who left prison today. The Oscar Grant Coalition is now calling on Eric Holder to bring federal charges of violation of civil rights.
The ex-transit white policeman who shot and killed the unarmed black man Oscar Grant at an Oakland train station on New Year’s Day in 2009 got an early release from prison Monday, an outrage to Grant’s advocates.
Among two dozen protesters massed in front of Los Angeles criminal courts building this morning was Julia Wallace, 29, a member of the South Central Neighborhood Council, said Mehserle’s sentence, “served entirely in county jail, not state prison, was wholly inadequate for the death of Oscar Grant,” according to LA Times.
“Every man carries within himself a world made up of all that he has seen and loved; and it is to this world that he returns, incessantly, though he may pass through and seem to inhabit a world quite foreign to it.”— François-René de Chateaubriand, Voyage en Italie, 1803 (via mimirscopybook)