A crowd yelling "No more stolen lives," set off Sunday afternoon from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to remember Oscar Grant III, who was killed three years ago by a former BART officer.

They waved signs printed with "Justice for Oscar Grant: Gone but not forgotten," as they marched down 14th Street toward the Fruitvale BART station, where Grant was fatally shot in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009.

"We are so outraged at the system," said Lesley Phillips, a member of the Oscar Grant Committee, which organized the march along with Occupy Oakland and Start the Ruckus.

They arrived at the Fruitvale station where Grant's family had held a vigil on the far side of the station that began about noon.

"The pain is still hurtful," Grant's mother, Wanda Johnson, said at the vigil. She held a long red taper candle in the air and Grant's daughter, Tatiana, sat nearby.

"I still lay awake at night crying," Johnson said.

None of the handful of men who were on the platform with Grant on New Year's Day joined the vigil. Johntue Caldwell, 25, was shot to death in July 2011 while sitting behind the wheel of his Cadillac parked at a Hayward gas station.

The others planned to mark the date with a visit to the Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, where Grant is buried.

The lawsuits filed on behalf of the men against BART are still being negotiated, said Elanda Turner. She is the mother of two of the men, Nigel and Jackie Bryson.


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"We want the people responsible to be held accountable," Johnson said.

In July 2010, a jury sentenced Grant's shooter, Johannes Mehserle, with two years for involuntary manslaughter. He was released from jail in June of the following year after serving 11 months of his sentence, prompting outcry.

Sunday's numbers were far smaller than earlier protests and began with about 100 people scattered around Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland's City Hall.

The crowd grew to about 200 by the time the crowd set off at 1 p.m.

Some of the marchers were involved with the original 2009 demonstrations and later helped launch the Occupy Oakland camp that perched on the lawn in front of City Hall.

They often invoked Grant's killing, and police brutality in general, as one of the key issues in the Occupy Oakland movement.

The march wound through Oakland, past Lake Merritt, and into the plaza between International Boulevard and East 12th Street by about 3 p.m.

Grant's mother and uncle, Cephus Johnson, joined them after their vigil ended.

They are now waiting for the results of a review of the case against Mehserle by the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced in July 2010.

"They haven't said no yet," Cephus Johnson said. "But it depends on the people's outrage."