Woman BART Cop Who Helped Nab Oscar Grant is Fired
Thank you, Universe. In the firing of Marysol Domenici, I am shown that there is justice, and it’s got to stick this time. However, it is not enough.
I hope Anthony Pirone is scheduled for the high jump too, and soon. They both helped to make everything more than it was, precipitating Oscar Grant’s senseless killing. The private, only for BART version of the Meyers-Nave public law firm’s investigation of the Grant killing, as reported by CNN affiliate KTVU-2 News (San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area), recommended the firing of both Domenici and Pirone.
For a woman like Domenici, there is such a thing as overcompensating so that she can run with the boys.
Marysol Domenici, 29, was fired Wednesday by interim Police Chief Dash Butler. He followed the recommendation of a law firm BART hired to do an independent internal affairs probe into the shooting by former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who faces a murder trial this summer.
Butler confirmed the move Thursday in a brief interview. He said he could not go into detail about the reasons for the firing because of privacy rights.
Domenici’s attorney, Alison Berry Wilkinson, said her client had done nothing wrong, was a scapegoat in a “political decision” meant to placate the public, and would appeal her firing to an arbitrator.
Domenici had been on paid leave since the shooting along with her partner, Anthony Pirone, who was the first officer to detain Grant, 22, and four friends after a fight on a train. Pirone struck Grant at least once and made the decision to arrest him for allegedly resisting officers.
Mehserle then shot Grant, who was unarmed, while trying to handcuff him. His attorneys have argued that he meant to stun Grant with a Taser and accidentally used his pistol.
BART has not decided whether to fire Pirone.
Grant’s shooting, captured on video, prompted community outrage and led to several reforms at BART. Whether Pirone and Domenici – who are key witnesses in Mehserle’s case – deserve to be punished has long been a point of contention.
John Burris, a lawyer for Grant’s family, called the firing appropriate, saying Grant would be alive if not for the actions of Domenici and Pirone.
Burris said Domenici had given false testimony at Mehserle’s preliminary hearing, exaggerating the danger that seven BART officers faced on the train platform.
More later on this case. It appears Johannes Mehserle is going to be in court in L.A. today. Unfortunately, none of this has little or no effect on what happens in his trial.