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Marysol Domenici is a former BART police officer who was among the first to respond to the Fruitvale BART station on New Year’s Day 2009 to tend to a report of fighting on-board a Dublin-Pleasanton bound train — an incident that ultimately led to the shooting death of passenger Oscar Grant by another former officer Johannes Mehserle.

The incident was captured on camera by numerous passengers who were recording the entire incident on cell phones and other devices. Along with her partner, BART Police Officer Tony Pirone, they were the first officers at Fruitvale BART station that night.

From the video, Domenici is seen attempting to control the crowd and precariously waving her taser at Grant and his friends. At one point, Domenici threatens to tase an individual in the face if he didn’t comply with her law enforcement orders.

An third party review of the events singled out that act as highly disturbing and a direct violation of internal procedures regarding taser use.

In court testimony during Mehserle’s pre-trial hearing in Oakland, Domenici testified that she had never feared for her life more than what she encountered on the Fruitvale Station platform. Domenici told the judge that the situation was so volatile and out of control that she considered using her firearm.

Prosecutors in the case, and even the judge, would later criticize her retelling of the events saying that it was greatly exaggerated and was not backed by eyewitness videos.

On Mar. 25, 2010, under a recommendation from an independent firm hired by BART to assess the fatal shooting, Domenici was fired from the transit police force after spending almost 16 months on paid administrative leave following the incident.

Domenici’s lawyer called the firing a political move designed to scapegoat blame from the incident towards her client.

Her partner, BART Police Officer Anthony Pirone, was fired by the agency on April 22, 2010.

Information compiled from Beat research and news services

BART Police Shooting »

[By Beat News Service | 17 Dec 2010 | No Comments]
Former BART Police Officer Marysol Domenici (Courtesy Los Angeles County Superior Court)

Marysol Domenici, the former BART Police Officer who was accused of lying during testimony in the murder trial for Johannes Mehserle and fired by department brass, will be given her former job back after a labor arbitrator overturned the agency’s termination.

Domenici, 30, appealed the Mar. 25, 2010 firing after an independent review panel hired by the agency to examine the fatal police shooting of unarmed train passenger Oscar Grant by Mehserle found that Domenici was untruthful in how she described the event.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By California Beat | 25 Jun 2010 | No Comments]

The following is a transcript of all of the released clips from BART Police dispatch communications recordings from the night of the shooting of Oscar Grant by Johannes Mehserle, as made available Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The corresponding individual audio clips made available on Thursday have been inserted into the appropriate places in the transcript.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Steven Luo | 24 Jun 2010 | No Comments]

Clips from BART Police dispatch recordings during the events leading up to the shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant by former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on the Fruitvale BART platform in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009 were made available Thursday by the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The dispatch communications clips record some of the radio chatter amongst police officers who responded to reports of a fight aboard a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train that night.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 18 Jun 2010 | No Comments]
Former BART Police Officer Tony Pirone seen at the Fruitvale BART station on witness video. (COURTESY PHOTO)

(6/18) — UPDATED 23:41 PDT — LOS ANGELES — A figure both central and controversial for his role in the incident that led to Oscar Grant’s death, Anthony Pirone took to the witness stand Friday in the trial for a fellow BART officer accused of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Grant last year.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 17 Jun 2010 | No Comments]
Former BART Police Officer Marysol Domenici (Courtesy Karina Vargas via YouTube)

(6/17) — UPDATED 23:36 PDT — LOS ANGELES — Former BART Police Officer Marysol Domenici, whose role in the events leading up to the shooting of unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant by former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle has sparked controversy, took the witness stand Thursday in Mehserle’s second-degree murder trial.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Steven Luo | 17 May 2010 | No Comments]
The defense attorney representing Oscar Grant's family, John Burris, addresses reporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse during a pre-trial hearing for former BART officer Johannes Mehserle. (Photo by James Keith/ CALIFORNIA BEAT FILE)

The attorney for BART shooting victim Oscar Grant’s family said Monday that he would fight a legal request by the defense for Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer charged with second-degree murder for the New Year’s Day 2009 shooting, to compel him to testify as a witness.

In a subpoena request dated May 11, attorney Michael Rains says that John Burris, who represents the Grant family in a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against BART, could provide “testimony concerning threats or intimidation” of witnesses who “may be reluctant to give testimony which would ostensibly be helpful to Mr. Mehserle and harmful to Mr. Grant.”

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[By California Beat | 22 Apr 2010 | One Comment]

(4/22) 17:00 PDT — OAKLAND, CALIF. — BART Police Officer Tony Pirone, who was accused of punching unarmed train passenger Oscar Grant moments before he was shot and killed by fellow officer Johannes Mehserle on Jan. 1, 2009 at the Fruitvale Station, has been fired by the transit agency, The California Beat has learned.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 19 Aug 2009 | No Comments]
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In what is being called a harsh indictment of the BART Police Department’s policies and protocols, the law firm hired by the transit agency to do a top-down review of the New Year’s morning incident that resulted in a transit agency police officer shooting and killing an unarmed passenger delivered a stinging critique that slammed the department’s poor handing of the situation.

The report, submitted by East Bay-based Meyers Nave slammed the agency’s police officers who responded to the incident saying they failed to follow protocol, didn’t communicate with one another, and unnecessarily escalated tension on the Fruitvale Station platform which ultimately led to the shooting death of Oscar Grant.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 9 Jun 2009 | No Comments]

CALIFORNIA BEAT EDITORIAL

The BART Police Department gave public safety another slap in the face this week.

Two of the police officers who were present on the platform on the morning of New Year’s Day when unarmed train passenger Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a former colleague will be teaching other officers on how to deal with uncooperative suspects and crowd control, KGO-TV reported Tuesday.

It’s a highly controversial decision, mainly because those two officers — Marysol Domenici and Jon Woffinden — have been widely criticized for those same two scenarios in the run-up to the moments that ultimately led to the killing of Grant.

BART Police Shooting »

[By California Beat | 27 Feb 2009 | One Comment]

The BART Board of Directors once again discussed the New Year’s morning shooting incident of Oscar Grant by a transit agency police officer at a public meeting Thursday — this time with many members expressing concerns about a third party probe into the events that could potentially leave portions of the findings confidential.

And there are new vows from a community group formed in response to the killing of Oscar Grant that they will shut down the Fruitvale BART station during the evening rush hour on Thursday, March 5 if a list of demands calling for the termination of BART Police Chief Gary Gee and agency General Manager Dorothy Dugger.