The film ‘Fruitvale Station’ has been the cause of a lot of recent debate concerning police brutality. The movie is loosely based on the true story of the murder of Oscar Grant New Year’s night of 2009. Grant was shot by police officer Johannes Mehserle. Although the film depicts Grant’s death as an act of murder, in real life Mehserle was charged with involuntary manslaughter and only served two years in prison. The sentencing sparked protests but proves that police brutality is still an issue today. The film is an excellent example of how justice is not often served in cases like this.
Other movies, like Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing,’ show that police brutality, in certain areas, still goes under the radar completely unpunished. Since the occurrence at Fruitvale Station takes place more recently, witnesses were able to capture what took place on cell phones and cameras. Many people are questioning the truth behind the movie but whether some of the small details have been exaggerated or completely fabricated does not change the fact that a man was wrongfully shot by the police. If nothing else the film serves as a conduit for audiences to investigate the facts of the matter themselves. Hopefully, with films like Fruitvale Station proving that police brutality is still relevant and is a punishable crime, unlawful police brutality will diminish in the near future.
by, Dylan Frand