Just three years ago, 22-year-old Oscar Grant lost his life at the hands of a police officer in Oakland, Calif. Now, Ryan Coogler is telling the story of that fateful night with his new film "Fruitvale Station." On Thursday evening, the 27-year-old director joined Piers Morgan for a live, face to face interview, during which he referenced assumed parallels between his story's main character and the late Trayvon Martin.
"Oscar was killed by law enforcement. Trayvon was killed by an ordinary citizen," he told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "The biggest difference [with Martin] was somebody wasn't there to record what happened. With Oscar, several Bay Area citizens were on the platform that recorded it with their cell phones."
However, said Coogler, in both instances unarmed minorities lost their lives unnecessarily, a fact he finds concerning:
"Gun violence is the leading cause of death among young African-American males in this country."
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