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  • Mehserle Cries As He Recalls Fatally Shooting Oscar Grant

    06/14/2014 11:54:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jun 13, 2014
    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 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.
  • Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may shift

    08/17/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT · by thecodont · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 9:36 am, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Bob Egelko
    Until now, the courts and the public have placed the responsibility for Oscar Grant's death entirely on the BART police officer who shot the unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform. But a federal appeals court ruling could shift some of the blame to the officer's supervisor and perhaps the transit system itself. Former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fired the shot that killed Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter, and is also a defendant in the damage suit by Grant's father and four of his friends. While allowing claims against Mehserle to go...
  • Suits can go forward in Oscar Grant case

    08/01/2013 1:35:35 AM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 4:56 pm, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Demian Bulwa
    Lawsuits against BART police officers involved in the 2009 incident that left Oscar Grant shot to death will go forward after a federal appeals court declined Tuesday to grant the officers immunity as law enforcement agents. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco concerned suits brought by Grant's father, who is incarcerated, and by five of his friends, who were detained with Grant at Fruitvale Station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009. Grant had been in a fight on a train. After then-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot him in...
  • 'Fruitvale Station' Is Loose With The Facts In An Effort To Elicit Sympathy For Oscar Grant

    07/27/2013 5:04:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2013 | Kyle Smith
    Harvey Weinstein’s big Oscar hopeful this summer is “Fruitvale Station,” a true story about the fatal Oakland shooting of an unarmed young black man that arrived with almost miraculous timing. Hitting theaters just as the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial were deliberating. the film won the two top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and has become a cause celebre among critics. Activists are seizing the opportunity to promote the movie, which calls for justice and implies that nothing like it has occurred yet, though the man who shot and killed Oscar Grant has already served time in prison...
  • The Big Event: There’s a “Fruitvale Station” movie poster at Fruitvale Station

    07/10/2013 8:51:51 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Jul 10 2013 at 11:03 am | Posted By: Peter Hartlaub
    <p>I’m a 10-year regular at BART’s Fruitvale Station, and this morning noticed a movie poster for “Fruitvale Station” near the turnstiles inside the station — not far from the tragic events that inspired the film.</p> <p>“Fruitvale Station” was written and directed by Oakland’s Ryan Coogler, and covers the last day of Oscar Grant’s life before he was fatally shot by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009. It won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, and is set for wide release this Friday.</p>
  • Mehserle asks appeals court for new trial

    05/09/2012 6:46:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/9/12 | Eric Kurhi
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant III on the Fruitvale BART platform in 2009 it was a mistake and a tragedy, his attorney said Wednesday, but it wasn't a case of gross negligence that would justify his involuntary manslaughter conviction. Dylan Schaffer, who is representing Mehserle in his appeal to have his 2010 conviction overturned, said he's looked at similar cases and found manslaughter convictions only for incidents involving "extraordinary imprudence" -- a man pointing a loaded gun at someone's head, or handing a pistol muzzle-first to a drunk spouse, or an old gambling den...
  • Oscar Grant's cousin sues Oakland

    03/21/2012 7:13:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/21/12 | Matthew Artz
    A cousin of Oscar Grant, shot in the back by an Oakland police officer last month, filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against the City of Oakland. Tony Jones, a 24-year-old Oakland resident, is seeking $10 million in connection with the incident that occurred close to midnight Feb. 19 on the 2000 block of 62nd Avenue. "After reviewing the police report, it is patently obvious that this shooting was unjustified, and that the police department has been working feverishly in an attempt to cover the illegitimacy of the shooting," Jones' attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said in a prepared statement. Police...
  • Relative of Oscar Grant shot by Oakland police

    02/22/2012 12:54:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/22/12 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A man shot and wounded by Oakland police over the weekend is a relative of Oscar Grant, the BART passenger killed by a police officer in 2009, and was unarmed when he was shot in the back, his attorney said today. Tony Jones, 24, was shot once in the back by an Oakland officer on the 2000 block of 62nd Avenue in East Oakland about 11:45 p.m. Sunday after he ran from a van that police had stopped, according to police and Jones' attorney, Waukeen McCoy. Jones is being treated at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Police have said Jones was...
  • Oscar Grant's best friend shot dead in Hayward

    07/16/2011 10:10:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/16/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The best friend of Oscar Grant who was there the night a BART police officer fatally shot the unarmed man was shot and killed at a Hayward gas station, authorities and friends said today. Johntue Caldwell, 25, of Fremont was found behind the wheel of a car parked at the 76 gas station at West Tennyson Road and Calaroga Avenue at about 5:35 p.m. Friday, according to police and friends. The victim had been sitting in the car when at someone walked up to the vehicle and fired several rounds, said Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener. The assailant fled and...
  • Lawsuit filed on behalf of 150 people arrested at Mehserle protest

    06/13/2011 8:24:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/13/11 | Bay City News
    A class action lawsuit was filed against the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office on Monday alleging that they violated the rights of 150 people who were arrested after former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was sentenced last Nov. 5. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court only hours after Mesherle, 29, was released from the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail at about 12:30 a.m. Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man who was unarmed, after Mehserle and other officers responded to reports that there was a fight on a train. Mehserle...
  • {Former BART cop} Mehserle released from custody

    06/13/2011 9:04:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 80 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/13/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was released from a Los Angeles jail early today after completing his time for involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed passenger on New Year's Day 2009. E-mail and phone notifications made at 12:01 a.m. today said Mehserle had been released, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's online inmate locator also said he had been released as of that time. Officials have declined to discuss specifics about Mehserle's release. Mehserle, 29, was sentenced to two years for shooting Oscar Grant in the back while the 22-year-old Hayward man lay face down on the...
  • Oscar Grant protesters marching down International Boulevard

    06/12/2011 5:06:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/12/11 | Harry Harris
    More than 150 people, many carrying signs critical of police, are marching down International Boulevard in Oakland en route to a rally protesting the prison release of the officer who killed Hayward resident Oscar Grant two years ago. The crowd has been chanting ``We are all Oscar Grant,'' and ``The people united will never be defeated.'' They are also carrying a mock casket to symbolize Grant's death at the hands of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, 29. The protest has been peaceful so far and the crowd was heeding the words of Keith Muhammad of the Nation of Islam....
  • BART officer fired in Grant probe gets job back

    12/17/2010 10:22:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/17/10 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    OAKLAND -- An arbitrator today overturned BART's firing of Marysol Domenici, a police officer who had been accused of lying to investigators and an Alameda County judge about another officer's killing of unarmed train rider Oscar Grant. Although BART never accused Domenici of using excessive force, she became a focus of some of the community outrage stirred by the case because she helped detain Grant before he was shot by former Officer Johannes Mehserle. A jury convicted Mehserle in July of involuntary manslaughter for the Jan. 1, 2009, killing at BART's Fruitvale Station in Oakland. He was sentenced to two...
  • OAKLAND: Police arresting people at 7th Ave., E. 17th St.

    11/05/2010 8:11:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/5/10 | Kristin Bender
    7:45 p.m.: Police arresting people at 7th Avenue and East 17th StreetPolice have announced to the crowd that they are going to begin arresting people. They are telling protesters not to resist and to follow officers' orders.Officers are using wristbands to secure people's hands. People are surrendering and allowing themselves to be cuffed. A few people are on the ground.Police are declaring the area a crime scene."Do not resist arrest," police are saying. "You will not be hurt in any way."Someone has lit a trash can on fire, and an officer is putting the fire out with his boot.At least...
  • Protesters head into the streets in Oakland

    11/05/2010 7:41:38 PM PDT · by thecodont · 55 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Kevin Fagan, Jaxon Van Derbeken,Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writers
    (11-05) 19:18 PDT OAKLAND -- A couple of hundred protesters angered by the two-year sentence handed down for former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle surged into the streets of downtown Oakland tonight, marching past Lake Merritt and smashing car windows as police stood by in case severe violence breaks out. The crowd started walking south on 14th Street at about 6:25 p.m. Several in the crowd said they were headed to the Fruitvale BART station, which is about three miles from City Hall. The station is where Mehserle shot Oscar Grant, an unarmed train rider, early Jan. 1, 2009. At...
  • Oakland ready for any unrest after sentencing of ex-BART officer in shooting of unarmed man

    11/05/2010 7:37:44 PM PDT · by thecodont · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | November 5, 2010 | 3:59 pm | Maria L. La Ganga in Oakland
    Oakland officials said they are ready if things get unruly Friday night in the wake of what some protesters have called the lenient sentencing of a former BART police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Johannes Mehserle, 28, was sentenced Friday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to two years in prison for the shooting of Oscar J. Grant III on an Oakland train platform in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009. Mehserle, who is white, contended that he mistakenly used his firearm instead of an electric Taser weapon when he shot...
  • Mehserle sentenced to 2 years

    11/05/2010 1:27:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/5/10 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    OS ANGELES -- A judge sentenced former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle today to two years in state prison for fatally shooting unarmed train rider Oscar Grant during a video-recorded arrest in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009. A jury in Los Angeles County, where the trial was moved, found Mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter in July, acquitting him of the more serious charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Mehserle testified that he killed Grant accidentally, after mistaking his service pistol and his Taser. The verdict meant that jurors concluded that Mehserle, 28, did not intend to kill Grant, 22, when...
  • Johannes Mehserle Sentencing Live Blog: PROBATION

    11/05/2010 1:18:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 85 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/5/10 | Bay Area New Group
    1 p.m. Mehserle gets probation, 146 days served.
  • Oakland gets ready for latest Mehserle protest

    11/04/2010 9:53:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/4/10 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    OAKLAND -- People seeking stiff punishment for Johannes Mehserle plan to gather Friday in downtown Oakland as the former BART police officer is sentenced for killing unarmed train rider Oscar Grant. Police and community leaders expect a smaller turnout than in past Mehserle-related demonstrations, some of which ended with vandalism and arrests. In a letter to the public, City Administrator Dan Lindheim said officials were not urging businesses to close, but instead to "use common-sense precautions and convey a sense of calm."Still, on Thursday, many downtown merchants were boarding up windows. Others had decorated their shops with photos of Grant,...
  • Bronstein at Large: Bronstein Beat: A Pro-Mehserle Protest

    07/14/2010 10:55:24 PM PDT · by thecodont · 1 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | July 14 2010 at 02:36 PM | Posted By: Phil Bronstein
    I missed out on the spree looting of Footlocker and other businesses in Oakland after the Johannes Mehserle verdict. But about 200 other people seemed to be having a great time burning and smashing. Out-of-town agitators, officials said, in kind a weird throwback to establishment terminology about protests in the 60's. Only "The Man" in Oakland these days is Mayor Ron Dellums and no one can ever find him. Also a cop (ex-cop, Mehserle) is going to jail in this case, so there are all sorts of interesting twists here. One of them is another group activity, rather different from...
  • History shows agitators can turn protests into violent mobs

    07/11/2010 8:58:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 7/11/10 | Cecily Burt - Oakland Tribune
    OAKLAND — Nearly 1,000 people filled the street in front of Oakland City Hall on Thursday evening. They gathered to vent, pray, and ask how a Los Angeles jury could find Johannes Mehserle, a white former BART police officer, guilty of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Oscar Grant III, an unarmed, 22-year-old black man from Hayward, in the back.At first, the crowd was electric, but not volatile. To respond with violence would dishonor Grant's memory, they said. Hundreds of Oakland police officers watched and endured taunts, spits and rocks from a small group that tried, but failed, to incite other...
  • Mehserle's letter to the public

    07/09/2010 2:33:46 PM PDT · by thecodont · 179 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, July 9, 2010 | Chronicle Staff Report
    (07-09) 13:56 PDT OAKLAND -- The attorney for Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Oscar Grant, released a handwritten letter today that Mehserle composed Sunday - four days before a Los Angeles jury came back with its verdict in the case. The full text of the letter released by defense attorney Michael Rains follows: Read more:
  • Photo slide show: Oakland cleans up after rioting following Mehserle verdict

    07/09/2010 12:46:22 PM PDT · by thecodont · 36 replies
    Oakland Tribune / ^ | Posted: 07/09/2010 10:10:25 AM PDT, Updated: 07/09/2010 10:37:05 AM PDT | By Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune
    OAKLAND — Mike Issa couldn't believe the "gift" last night's looters left behind in his ransacked Jitters & Shakes coffee shop at 21st and Webster streets in downtown Oakland. "You know what I say to the people who did this?" he asked, slapping a cracked cell phone on his counter. "I say, I have this phone here that you left when you smashed my store. That's a gift you've given me. Thank you for doing that. I can't wait to give this to the police." Issa was one of dozens of downtown business owners who arrived at work to find...
  • US Justice Department to review BART shooting [For Obama, Holder, Race Always Trumps EVERYthing]

    07/09/2010 7:37:56 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/09/10 | Staff
    The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct an independent review of the Johannes Mehserle case in order to determine whether or not the shooting merits federal prosecution, according the department. "The Justice Department has been closely monitoring the state's investigation and prosecution," the department said in a statement. "The Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the FBI have an open investigation into the fatal shooting and, at the conclusion of the state's prosecution, will conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances to determine whether the evidence warrants federal prosecution." Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said she has...
  • Cops arrest 83 in raucous Oakland protests [none dare call them riots]

    07/09/2010 10:38:29 AM PDT · by Gondring · 33 replies · 1+ views
    SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle) ^ | Friday, July 9, 2010 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (07-09) 09:59 PDT OAKLAND -- Law-enforcement officers arrested 83 people during Thursday night's protests in downtown Oakland over the involuntary manslaughter conviction of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle for the shooting death of train rider Oscar Grant, police said today. The rallies began peacefully but soon degenerated into lawlessness, during which protesters looted businesses, sprayed anti-police graffiti on storefronts, set trash bins on fire and clashed with police wearing gas masks and riot helmets and carrying batons, authorities said. Police from agencies throughout the Bay Area were called in to help Oakland officers. Those arrested were booked on suspicion...
  • Verdict reached in Oakland subway shooting

    07/08/2010 4:12:35 PM PDT · by Ramius · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/08/2010 | CNN
    <p>Oakland (CNN) -- A verdict has been reached in the trial of a former police officer who is white and who is accused of killing an unarmed black man in Oakland, California, according to a superior court spokesman. The verdict will be read at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET).</p>
  • Officer convicted in Calif. train station killing

    07/08/2010 4:26:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 95 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 8, 2010 | GREG RISLING
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A white former transit officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Thursday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform in a 2009 encounter that set off days of rioting in the city. The jury deliberated more than six hours over two days to convict Johannes Mehserle in the killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot to death as he lay face-down.
  • Oakland exodus as verdict is read (BART cop shooting)

    07/08/2010 5:12:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 29 replies
    SFGate ^ | 7-8-10 | Matthai Kuruvila, Drew Joseph
    It was an exodus just a few ticks short of panic. As word spread throughout Oakland around 2:30 p.m. that a verdict had been reached in the Johannes Mehserle murder trial, the downtown streets suddenly flooded with workers rushing out of their workplaces to go home. The normally placid lanes became clogged, people hurried along the sidewalk, and there was an almost electric air of worried anticipation. BART trains streaming in and out of downtown were jammed. At the downtown federal building, announcements were made over loudspeakers to tell everyone to go home. At many of the big businesses throughout...
  • Oakland cops make arrests at verdict protest

    07/08/2010 10:15:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 9, 2010
    An involuntary manslaughter verdict against a white former transit cop who killed an unarmed black man was met with protests that erupted in violence Thursday night in Oakland, Calif. The trial over the shooting took place in Los Angeles, where prosecutors had pressed for a murder conviction in the New Year's Day 2009 Oakland train-station killing that was recorded on video.
  • Masked and angry, rioters cause chaos [Oakland, CA - The Bosom of Progressiveness ]

    07/09/2010 12:37:21 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 177 replies · 3+ views
    Oakland Tribune and Mercury News ^ | July 9 2010 | Cecily Burt
    As the verdict reached the streets, hundreds converged in downtown Oakland for mostly peaceful protests before swelling to a crowd of more than a thousand, with a hard-core splinter group of rioters clashing with police and wreaking havoc in downtown. By late evening, hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the Bay Area had descended downtown to help local police quell the protesters. Wearing black masks, many looted stores, smashed windows and rolled trash bins into the streets while setting them on fire. At one point, protesters began throwing M-1000 fireworks at law enforcement officers and other demonstrators. Stephen Allen,...
  • Riot in Oakland after Killer Cop Gets "Involuntary Manslaughter" charge

    07/09/2010 1:42:01 AM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 152 replies · 4+ views
    Youtube ^ | July 8, 2010 | TomVeeTV
    On January 1st 2009 Officer Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in the back after he was already handcuffed and on the ground. Today they announced that officer Mehserle was guilty of "involuntary manslaughter, not murder. After hours of peaceful protesting the energy and frustration of the crowd became too intense to express in words. In this video you can see some windows being smashed and people looting a Foot Locker. This is a rough cut. More video to come.
  • Mehserle found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

    07/08/2010 5:47:17 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    KGO ^ | 7/8/10
    The jury has found former BART officer Johannes Mesherle guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Mehserle was accused of murdering an unarmed man, Oscar Grant, on a BART platform on New Year's Day 2009. Four years in state prison is the maximum sentence Mehserle can receive.
  • Crowd forces way into Oakland store amid protests

    07/08/2010 9:05:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 75 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 8, 2010
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland police say people have broken into an athletic store near the city's downtown as hundreds of people protest the verdict in the case of a former transit officer. Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday in Los Angeles in the videotaped shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform.
  • Mehserle jury reaches verdict (Guilty: Involuntary Manslaughter)

    07/08/2010 3:26:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 7-8-10 | Demian Bulwa
    (07-08) 14:59 PDT LOS ANGELES -- Jurors have reached a verdict in the murder trial of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who shot and killed unarmed train passenger Oscar Grant on Jan. 1, 2009. The verdict is scheduled to be read in Judge Robert Perry's downtown Los Angeles courtroom at about 4 p.m. today, said a source with knowledge of the matter. Jurors were given four options during deliberations. They could convict Mehserle, 28, of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter, or they could acquit him. The panel began deliberations Friday, but had to start from scratch Wednesday...
  • As Oakland awaits justice for Oscar Grant III, will a manslaughter conviction be enough?

    07/04/2010 10:02:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 7/4/10 | Matt O'Brien and Katy Murphy
    OAKLAND -- As the hour approaches for a jury to decide the fate of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, thousands of Oaklanders hope to experience what seemed so unlikely to them 19 months ago: Justice for Oscar Grant. But what is justice? What constitutes a just response to the killing of the 22-year-old grocery store worker, a man memorialized in hip-hop songs and murals, discussed in barbershops and living rooms as an iconic victim of police brutality that some say happens all too often? Grant was among a group of revelers returning from San Francisco on New Year's night...
  • Closing arguments in Mehserle trial complete, jury will begin deliberations this afternoon

    07/02/2010 12:30:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 7/2/10 | Staff Reports
    LOS ANGELES — Closing arguments on both sides in the Johannes Mehserle murder trial are now complete. Judge Robert Perry will instruct jurors
  • Oakland calls for nonviolent verdict reaction

    07/02/2010 9:46:07 AM PDT · by thecodont · 17 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, July 2, 2010 | Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    For all the worry over the upcoming verdict in the trial of the former BART police officer who killed Oscar Grant, there is just as much determination in Oakland to make sure the reaction remains peaceful. From youth clubs and churches to City Hall and even groups planning protests, many people are working hard to keep the inevitable demonstrations from getting out of hand the way they did Jan. 7, 2009. That evening, rioters damaged scores of businesses and torched several cars in the downtown business district in reaction to the shooting of Grant, who was black, six days earlier...
  • Mehserle trial evokes violent memories {BART Shooting}

    07/01/2010 8:01:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/1/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    I wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News during the Rodney King riots in 1992. I remember the first time I saw the shocking videotape of a group of officers beating and kicking a lone black motorist. Then I followed the trial of four police officers, the not-guilty verdicts, the rage and the ugliness. Six days of rioting left parts of Los Angeles charred and 54 people dead. As Oakland awaits the verdict in the trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle for the 2009 New Year's Day shooting of Oscar Grant, some officials fear violence will erupt in...
  • Judge rules against first-degree Mehserle verdict {BART Shooting}

    06/30/2010 2:29:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 3+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/30/10 | Paul T. Rosynsky
    LOS ANGELES - Johannes Mehserle will not be convicted of first-degree murder, a judge declared today, but jurors deciding the 28-year-old's fate will be allowed to consider every other crime, including second-degree murder, associated with a homicide. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said evidence in the case proves that the former BART police officer did not plan to kill Oscar Grant III when he shot the 22-year-old Hayward man in the back on Oakland's Fruitvale BART station platform. Perry said, however, that there is enough evidence to allow the jury to consider whether the killing was a second-degree...
  • Mehserle breaks down during testimony at BART shooting trial

    06/25/2010 12:05:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 89 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/25/10 | Paul T. Rosynsky
    Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle broke down and sobbed today as he described to a jury the moment he realized he had shot Oscar Grant in the back. "I didn't think I had my gun," Mehserle said. "I heard the pop. It wasn't very loud. It wasn't like a gun shot. And then I remember thinking, 'What went wrong with my Taser?' I remember looking at my gun in my right hand." Mehserle continued, "I didn't know what to think. It just shouldn't have been there." Mehserle then broke down in tears, as did his mother, who was watching...
  • {Former BART Cop} Mehserle trial witness' surprise admission

    06/17/2010 6:30:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 518+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/17/10 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The prosecutor in the murder trial of a former BART police officer who killed an unarmed man called a use-of-force expert to the stand today - a former cop who talked about how officers should stay calm and use as little force as needed when arresting suspects. But the most memorable part of Sean McCann's testimony came during cross-examination, when - in response to a question by defense attorney Michael Rains - he said he had once drawn his gun on a suspect during a fight without realizing he had done so. The exchange was the latest instance in which...
  • Jury seated in Mehserle trial {Former BART Cop}

    06/08/2010 7:25:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 39+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/810 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A jury of eight women and four men was seated Tuesday in the murder trial of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fatally shot unarmed train rider Oscar Grant during an arrest at Fruitvale Station in Oakland on New Year's Day 2009. Opening statements in a courtroom in downtown Los Angeles - where the trial was moved to escape heavy publicity in the Bay Area - are scheduled for Thursday. On Wednesday, Judge Robert Perry plans to rule on a final round of legal motions by attorneys in the case. Six alternate jurors - five women and one man...
  • Unexpected help for Mehserle - Grant's friends {BART Cop}

    02/01/2010 7:34:38 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 363+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Behind the scenes, there's bad news for prosecutors in the upcoming murder trial of ex-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle.The trouble comes in the form of eyewitness statements to police who investigated the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant and depositions in the lawsuit that led to a $1.5 million settlement from BART for the slain man's daughter.Mehserle has been charged with murder for shooting Grant as the Hayward man lay face down on the Fruitvale Station platform in Oakland while being detained by officers early Jan. 1, 2009. Mehserle's lawyers say he shot Grant by accident while thinking he was firing...
  • Concerns of jury influence helped move Mehserle case, experts say { BART Shooting}

    10/20/2009 7:56:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 468+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/20/9 | Paul T. Rosynsky
    OAKLAND — Although changing venues for criminal trials has become a rarity in the state, a decision by an Alameda County judge last week to move the murder case against a former BART police officer was not a surprise, criminal law professors and attorneys in the field said Monday. Professors and attorneys said community outrage against the Jan. 1. killing almost assured the trial would be moved. "If there is ever a case you would expect a change of venue, it would be a case like this," said David Sklansky, a professor at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law....
  • Judge grants former BART police officer change of venue

    10/16/2009 6:03:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 440+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/16/9 | Paul Rosynsky
    OAKLAND — The murder trial against former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle will be moved to another county, a judge declared Friday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson informed attorneys late Thursday that the case against Mehserle, in which he is accused of murder in the shooting of an unarmed Oscar Grant III early New Year's Day, should occur in another county because the 27-year-old cannot receive a fair trial in Alameda County. Jacobson's ruling was made less than a week after a hearing on a change of venue in the case concluded with prosecutors arguing that Alameda County...
  • Suit: BART cops' affair led to fatal shooting

    03/09/2009 10:26:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1,048+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/9 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Did an affair between two BART police officers sent to quell a New Year's disturbance at the Fruitvale Station set the stage for the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant by their fellow Officer Johannes Mehserle? That's the claim attorney John Burris makes in the wrongful-death lawsuit against the transit agency that he filed on the Grant family's behalf. The family is seeking $50 million, an unlikely amount even given the gravity of the case. But Burris' play doesn't look to be the courtroom - he's angling for a hefty settlement from BART in advance, largely by putting political pressure on...
  • Protesters threaten disruption of service at BART Fruitvale Station

    02/27/2009 10:13:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 449+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/27/9 | Angela Woodall
    Nearly two months after Oscar Grant III was shot to death by a BART officer, protesters threatened to disrupt service at the Fruitvale Station where Grant died the morning of Jan. 1. The small group gathered at the station Thursday to announce that they would shut it down March 5 during rush hour unless officials met their ultimatum for increased accountability and other demands organizers have made since early January. About 15 people walked from the station's plaza upstairs to the platform where Grant was shot.They placed flowers inside a chalk outline meant to represent where Grant's body lay after...
  • Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?

    01/26/2009 7:36:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 64 replies · 2,562+ views
    Carlos Miller ^ | 21 Jan 2009 | Carlos Miller
    Seconds after BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, police immediately began confiscating cell phones containing videos that have yet to see the light of day. In fact, the only videos that have been seen by the public were filmed by people who managed to leave the scene before police confronted them.In one instance, police chased after Karina Vargas after she stepped on the train, banging on the window after the doors closed and demanding her to turn over the camera. The train sped away with Vargas still holding her camera.Her video, which did not show the...
  • Oscar Grant, Johannes Mehserle Lost in the Burning Streets of Oakland

    01/08/2009 8:17:23 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 19 replies · 1,067+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 01-08-09 | Bobby Tall Horse
    On the video's from people in the crowd you can see Oscar Grant shot by officer Johannes Mehserle. No question. But, you cannot hear the exchange between Oscar Grant and Johannes Mehserle or any other officer. There are 2 more videos from cameras that were mounted at the station platform. What do they show us? We don't know as they are not being released to the public yet.