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article imageMehserle sentence for killing Oscar Grant: two years

By Ann Garrison     Nov 5, 2010 in Politics
Oakland - Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry today, 11.05.2010, sentenced Johannes Mesherle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) policeman who fatally shot Oscar Grant, a 21-year-old African American, to two years prison time for involuntary manslaughter.
Oscar Grant's uncle, Cephus Johnson, who speaks for his family, addressed the press outside the courtroom, condemning both the sentencing and the U.S.A.'s criminal justice system.
Oscar Grant was fatally shot by ex-BART cop Johannes Mesherle while prostrate and allegedly resistin...
Oscar Grant was fatally shot by ex-BART cop Johannes Mesherle while prostrate and allegedly resisting arrest at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California in the early morning hours of New Year's Day, 2009. Grant was unarmed and Mesherle claimed to have thought he was shooting grant with his Taser, not his gun.
Courtesy of Johnson Family
Mesherle shot Grant at the San Francisco Bay Area's Fruitvale BART station shortly after midnight in the early hours of the morning on January 1, 2008. Grant and his friends had been out celebrating on New Year's Eve when detained by a team of BART police including Mehserle.
Grant was unarmed and laying face down on the BART platform, with both hands behind his back, when Mehserle shot him in the back, and Mehserle later claimed that Grant was resisting arrest.
Judge Perry upheld the jury's involuntary manslaughter conviction, but said that he had given the same jury improper instructions for considering the "involuntary manslaughter committed with a gun" charge, which would have increased the maximum sentence to 14 years.
Mesherle claimed that he had meant to grab his tazer, but had instead, mistakenly grabbed his gun, and also blamed the Bay Area Rapid Transit System for training him poorly.
Perry granted Mehserle a new trial on the "involuntary manslaughter with a gun conviction," because, of his own improper jury instructions regarding that charge.
Judge Perry also gave Mehserle credit for ten months time served.
An activist headed for Oakland on November 5th wrote a number for legal aid on his arm  took a photo...
An activist headed for Oakland on November 5th wrote a number for legal aid on his arm, took a photo, and posted the photo to Facebook, anticipating arrests.
Malachi Garza
Oakland Police prepared for possible rioting in response to the sentence and called in reinforcements from neighboring municipalities, as shopkeepers bordered up stores and prepared to leave the central city. At 7:34 P.M., police were reporting arrests in an attempt to control a crowd of 300 to 500 that had refused to remain within police designated protest barriers, on a live stream television report from KTVU Channel 4, San Francisco Bay Area.
After one protester attempted to seize a policeman's gun, the police declared the protest an illegal gathering and announced their intention to arrest the entire crowd, including press if they didn't get out of the way.
Shortly after 8:00 P.M., KTVU reported that police had boxed in the protest and proceeded with arrests, and that the arrests were being met with anger but little resistance.
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