Fruitvale, the long-awaited film depicting the 2008 shooting death of Oscar Grant released its trailer yesterday giving viewers a glimpse of what to expect from this Oakland-based drama.
Written and directed by Oakland resident Ryan Coogler, the film details the events leading up to the death of 22-year-old Grant, who was shot and killed by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale BART station on New Year's Day.
Mehserle was acquitted of murder, but convicted of involuntary manslaughter after he claimed he thought he had pulled his Taser when in reality he fired his gun, killing Grant. The incident sparked massive protests and violent rallies across the Bay Area.
Mehserle was released from prison on good behavior after serving 11 months of his two-year sentence.
Interestingly enough, BART helped Coogler make the film possible, granting access to camera crews to film on BART property in exchange for an undisclosed amount of cash.
The film stars Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan,who played in the television hit The Wire.
The movie will be out for your viewing pleasure on Nov. 21.