Officer Found Guilty in Deadly BART Shooting

Jury finds him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.


4:36 AM PDT, July 9, 2010

Fmr. BART Officer Johannes Mehserle and shooting victim Oscar Grant

Fmr. BART Officer Johannes Mehserle and shooting victim Oscar Grant (Douglas Co. Sheriff’s Office)

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LOS ANGELES — A former transit officers has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform.
Johannes Mehserle was found guilty Thursday in the New Year’s Day 2009 killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant.
Involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of two to four years.

The next hearing was set for Aug. 6.
An attorney for Grant’s family says they are "extremely disappointed" with the verdict against the officer.
Attorney John Burris said outside a Los Angeles court Thursday that the verdict "is not a true representation of what happened" to Oscar Grant.
Mehserle, who is white, had pleaded not guilty in the murder.
During the trial, he told jurors that he heard a pop and thought the Taser had malfunctioned when 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot to death on New Year’s Day 2009.
"I remember the pop that wasn’t very loud. It wasn’t like a gunshot. I remember wondering what went wrong with the Taser. I thought it malfunctioned," he said.
He previously testified that earlier in the incident he had pulled out his Taser twice, said he only thought of using the stun weapon.
"It was the only option that crossed my mind," he said. "Given the situation, the backdrop, the thought of using my gun never entered my head."
Prosecutors say Mehserle intended to shoot Grant, and that Mehserle used his handgun because officers were losing control of the situation.
Mehserle wore his stun gun on the front left side the night of the shooting, while his handgun was mounted on his right hip.
The shooting was captured on video by several bystanders and has sparked racial tensions in Alameda County.
Video recordings of the slaying was shown across the Internet and led to some violent protests.
The trial was moved from the San Francisco area to Los Angeles because of extensive media coverage and racial tensions.

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This Cop is a cold Blooded Murderer and should get the death penalty