Skip to comments.Ex-Transit Cop Cries as He Recalls Fatal Shooting
Posted on 06/13/2014 7:49:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin
A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform more than five years ago.
Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court in San Francisco that he meant to use his Taser rather than his gun to subdue an already handcuffed Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in 2009.
Mehserle was testifying in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Grant's father against Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and other defendants.
The shooting occurred as authorities were responding to a chaotic scene on the Fruitvale station platform in Oakland
The father, Oscar Grant Jr., is seeking unspecified damages. He is currently serving a life sentence in state prison after being convicted of a 1985 killing. Two California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation guards escort him to court each day.
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“meant to use his Taser rather than his gun”
I remember this story. This idiot deserves to lose everything he ever had. I don’t care who is taking his money.
Man up, dammit
This case was pretty amazing —the guy was lying on his stomach cuffed and the unjostled, calm officer somehow triggered his gun.
WEIRDEST THING IN THE WORLD.
Really, really caused the stuff to hit the fan in the San Fran Bay Area, at the time.
The incident inspired a whole movie, “Northdale Station”, or something like that.
Hard to feel sorry for someone for being so incredibly incompetent. But the civil rights charges just seem like BS to me.
There is stupid.
And there is the special, extra brutal, stupid of the Uniformed, Armed, and Dangerous.
” But the civil rights charges just seem like BS to me.”
Why is that? This moron killed a man while wearing a government issued uniform, badge, and gun through sheer incompetence. He is being sued under a section of the Civil Rights Act. He’s damned lucky he wasn’t prosecuted under the criminal section of the US Code, 18USC242 which in my opinion he still should be.
He could have gotten the death penalty.
I would think that even just Tasering a suspect in that position would be questionable.
Right or wrong, that gene pool needed draining.
Yes, and it wasn’t like people were running around. There was minimal confusion, good lighting, no individuals were fighting —the officers had 4 suspects sitting off to one side, isolated from others, etc.
The officer had had the guy at gunpoint probably for almost ten unhurried seconds.
The movie name was “Fruitvale Station” —I got that wrong.
I remember the original news video and the amazing tension at all the B.A.R.T. stations after that incident.
One of the original BART killings that was really controversial was the killing of a UCSF neurosurgeon of quite some reputation at the Daly City BART station —very, very similar circumstances shortly after they first made the special BART department.
I don’t have any earthly idea of what was going through his mind, but it looked a lot like the officer simply got an impulse to shoot someone.
That does sound ridiculous, and I disbelieve that, but I saw that video maybe 20 times and each time that’s what it looked like.
Simple finger twitch? I have no idea, even now, years later.
Critical video portion is at 7:15 —I’m starting it about 15 seconds prior to that:
I believe the cop got off way too easy.
But the civil rights charge implies that he shot the kid out of anger or bigotry. So I guess we’ll just have to see what kind of evidence they can produce. Has this cop made any racist statements in the past, or does he have a history of violating anyone’s rights?
“But the civil rights charge implies that he shot the kid out of anger or bigotry”
No it doesn’t. Go read the statute.
Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
Wrong statute. Go find the Civil one.
I don’t know what was in the man’s heart. Do you?
Go find the Statute. What was or was not in his heart isn’t relevant to the discussion. He wrongfully deprived a man of his civil right to remain alive. That is beyond question.
He should die broke in the streets.
Videos of BART shooting taken by bystanders on the train
What no one here seems to want to remember the that the “youth” who was shot was not the angel that is being claimed.
He had been committing crimes on BART cars for a long time, had been court-ordered not to ride BART and was essentially strong arming passengers.
I suspect that the BART officer was going to use the taser as a little bit of extra punishment, but somehow got the wrong gun.
Throw away the key.
Society wins all around in this one.
The guy he shot was a thug, thief and lowlife that needed shooting.
The shooter is a trigger-happy cop that got caught.
Both are off the streets.
If he was going to taser the guy, wouldn’t he have called out a warning to the other cops to back off?
That clearly didn’t happen.
Nothing chaotic about it except for the cops themselves.
But I thought it was a dog. He sobbed.