BART Police Shooting

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[By Beat News Service | 17 Apr 2012 | One Comment]
Movie about Oscar Grant BART Police killing set to begin production

A movie about the shooting of Oscar Grant, the 22 year-old unarmed Hayward man killed by BART Police in 2009, could begin filming in Northern California this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The entertainment publication said Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and “Chronicle” actor Michael B. Jordan are in negotiations to play the roles of Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother, and the shooting victim in the production.

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The California Beat and The Campanil are partnering to provide daily court reporting from the Johannes Mehserle BART shooting murder trial in Los Angeles. Mehserle is the former BART Police Officer who was caught on video shooting and killing 22 year-old Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station on January 1, 2009.

His killing sparked a fiery outcry in the Bay Area about the justifiability of the killing. It touched off violence in Oakland and sparked fervent protests for charges to be brought against Mehserle.

As part of our commitment to following the developments, we’ve compiled a directory to help you understand the context surrounding what happened and how it affects the Bay Area.

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