Magazine August 19, 2013, Issue

A Death in Oakland

Melonie Diaz and Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
A review of Fruitvale Station

Early on New Year’s Day, 2009, a fight broke out on the BART train running from San Francisco to Oakland. The transit cops arrived, pulled a group of men — young black men — from the train, and detained them on an East Bay platform. What happened next was captured by cell-phone videos taken by passengers on the train: After a lot of struggling and shouting, the officers pushed one of the young men down on his stomach to cuff him, there was some resistance and a scuffle, and then a cop pulled out his weapon and fired point-blank into

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