As protests following the New Year's Day shooting death of 22-year old Oscar Grant by a BART officer continued to escalate in violence, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums appealed for calm.
"Even with our anger and our pain, let's still address each other with a degree of civility and calmness and not make this tragedy an excuse to engage in violence," Dellums pleaded. "I don't want anybody hurt. I don't want anybody killed."
Heavy police presence greeted BART commuters Thursday and officers patrolled outside BART headquarters in Oakland to ensure calm during the agency's board of directors meeting, where many African-American community leaders expressed outrage over the killing of Grant, who was black.
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson told BART directors that Grant's death "appeared to be an execution,'' and he called for BART to hold a public meeting that allows the community to understand the policies and procedures in which police officers shoot people.
The Rev. Amost Brown was even more blunt: "It was murder. Not trying to explain away, not trying to explain whethere he had his taser or he had his gun. The evidence was there. And we should all say, that was murder. And this gentleman needs to be brought to justice."
Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks said BART appeared to be trying to cover up the incident and alleged, "There was a failure to communicate and acknowledge the taking of a life.''
Brooks also contended that most protests in the wake of Grant's death were peaceful and that the violence was caused by "a renegade group'' that wanted to "wreak havoc.''
Raw Story first reported on the shooting, and the video taken by an eye-witness on Jan. 5, and covered the beginning of the violent protests amid newly surfaced videos yesterday, Jan. 8, 2009.
Raw Story will continue to update on this situation as news becomes available.
The following video is coverage of the continuing violent protests sparked in Oakland, California by the shooting of Oscar Grant. CNN's Dan Simon's reports on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009: