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Groups say they’ll protest early release of ex-BART officer Mehserle

Johannes Mehserle

Several community groups said Wednesday they would hold protests on the day that former Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Johannes Mehserle is released from a Los Angeles County jail.

Mehserle shot and killed unarmed train passenger Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009 in an infamous incident that was caught by cell phone cameras and ultimately led to his conviction of involuntary manslaughter by a Los Angeles jury.

At a press conference at the site of the shooting, Fruitvale BART Station in East Oakland, representatives from the Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant and several other community groups formed in the wake of Grant’s death said they would organize protest events in Oakland on the day of Mehserle’s release.

The groups at Fruitvale BART station said they were upset by the expected early release of Mehserle, who was convicted of a lesser sentence and received the minimum prison term for Grant’s death.

“In the State of California, you can get more time for a DUI than he has served for the cold-blooded murder of Oscar Grant,” said Rachel Jackson, a member of the New Years Movement, a protest group. “It is unacceptable and shameful.”

Mehserle was charged with murdering Grant after the shooting. His trial was moved to Los Angeles County over concerns that he would not receive a fair trial in Alameda County because of intense media interest in the case.

In June 2010, a Los Angeles jury convicted him of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 2 years in state prison — the minimum sentence for the crime — but was never transfered out of the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail where he has been held.

With good behavior credits and time-served allowances, Los Angeles Judge Robert Perry is expected to allow Mehserle to be released in mid-June.

A status hearing has been scheduled for June 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Mehserle’s date of release is expected to be discussed at the hearing.

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  • bubu said:

    Well…BART being what it is, a mis-managed, imperialistic trasporation system. This incident will stain them for the rest of their existence. Especially, when they are asking the public to approve a bond for the purchase of new cars!

  • jojo said:

    Unbelieveable! Oscar Grant was supposed to be home (parolee) at 10pm which was 4 hours before he started a fight on the train that night and had contact with police.

    Maybe, Oscar Grant & family by raising such a lousy kid, are equally culpable as anyone. He had been in and out of prison, gun possesion, drug dealing….etc.

    Oscar Grants father is alive IN PRISON for life without parole….ever hear the grants apologize for that mess?????

    The cop was working hard to get a head in life, never had trouble with society made a tragic mistake ….was never murder and never will be.

    But Grant should have never been their if he had been responsible enough to follow state law for felons who had been to prison for gun possesion ….

  • jojo said:

    Moderation?? …. we’ll see if counter points are acceptable or not.

  • Y said:

    Video of Fruitvale BART News Conference:

  • Justice said:


    No matter where you say he was supposed to be (I question all of your information), the police do not have the right to issue death sentences. The police are there only to enforce the laws of the land. Mehserle’s got a problem with society now. He murdered an unarmed BART passenger who us already under arrest.

    The system does not work for everyone and needs to be overhauled by the people. The rich should not make the laws to protect their investments.

    The problem with racists and classists like you is that you’ve been made to believe that you’re different than than the people in the lower economic strata of this country. Unfortunately for you, you don’t make $500,000/year and therefore are not in the same class as the rich in America. You’re in the same class as us, only you sold out. When you realize it, you can come back to us. We’ll accept you as one of us.

  • rhonda said:

    HE WAS NOT CHARGED PROPERLY,THE JUST-US SYSTEM REFUSES TO WORK FOR PEOPLE LIKE THE YOUNG MAN THAT WAS KILLED, NOW mehserle , will go home where all his cop friends will greet him ,have a beer or three with the fellas,while his buddies relive the incident in a joking manner so that mehserle will feel special,that he “GOT ONE” IN WALNUTCREEK AND CONCORD HE SEEMS TO BE THE NEW LOCAL HERO…

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  • Brian said:

    “In the State of California, you can get more time for a DUI than he has served for the cold-blooded murder of Oscar Grant,” said Rachel Jackson, a member of the New Years Movement, a protest group. “It is unacceptable and shameful.”

    It was not cold-blooded murder. That is a lie.

  • Bucky said:

    That is great he is being released. He should not have been in there in the first place. He was only doing his job and a good job too. Accidents will happen on the job. Grant should NOT have been causing trouble in BART in the first place.

  • SD said:

    What happened was a tragedy. But where are the protesters when a young black male kills another young black male over something as minute as a dime bag of weed? Oscar Grant created the situation that resulted in his death. Please stop making a martyr out of a thug.

  • Reality said:

    I think Oscar and his buddies were not in BART singing the choir in the middle of the night. I hope everybody will leave Mehserle alone. He looked shocked when he realized it was a real gun.