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[By Jennifer Courtney | 28 Oct 2010 | Comments Off]
Former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle photographed by Oscar Grant moments before the fatal shooting. (Courtesy Los Angeles County Superior Court)

Former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle gave his first public interview since he fatally shot unarmed train passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009 this week, speaking with journalist Rita Williams of KTVU Television.

On July 8 Mehserle was convicted by a jury of involuntary manslaughter in the 22-year-old Hayward man’s death and was immediately booked into Los Angeles County jail.

It was from there that Williams spoke with Mehserle, who appeared somber and on the verge of tears throughout the exchange.

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[By Tashina Manyak | 16 Jul 2010 | 6 Comments]
Johannes Mehserle

(7/16) — 23:16 PDT — WALNUT CREEK — Supporters of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle are planning a rally at 2 p.m. Monday in front of the Walnut Creek courthouse — the first such public rally after 18 months of protests denouncing Mehserle.

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[By California Beat | 10 Jul 2010 | One Comment]

(7/10) — 20:26 PDT — OAKLAND, CALIF. — The family of Oscar Grant, the unarmed BART passenger shot to death by former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, blasted a letter released to the public by Mehserle’s attorney Friday, calling his statement “fake” and “a ploy” during a Saturday evening news conference in West Oakland.

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[By Jennifer Courtney and Tashina Manyak | 9 Jul 2010 | Comments Off]
Cephus Johnson addresses reporters outside of an LA courthouse after Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Thursday. The letter was released by Mehserle's attorney Friday. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(7/9) — UPDATED 16:25 PDT — OAKLAND – In a letter released by his lawyer today, Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for shooting an unarmed train passenger, expressed his remorse and said he never intended to shoot Oscar Grant.

In the handwritten letter, dated July 4 — four days before the verdict was reached — Mehserle asked his attorney Michael Rains to disseminate it to the public, which he did so on Friday.

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[By California Beat | 9 Jul 2010 | Comments Off]
A man sweeps away broken glass after rioters smashed a window at the Ozumo Japanese restaurant in Downtown Oakland during post-Mehserle-verdict unrest. (Vanessa Guerra / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Downtown Oakland business owners and city officials were left to clean up this morning after unrest last night following former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter conviction for killing Oscar Grant caused damage to businesses and left debris scattered in the streets.

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[By California Beat | 9 Jul 2010 | Comments Off]
A broken window at a Foot Locker store in Downtown Oakland looted during post-Mehserle verdict rioting. (Heather McDaniel / The Campanil)

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police Officer who shot and killed unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009 at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Los Angeles jury.

The jury found Mehserle not guilty of the most serious charge he faced: murder. Mehserle faces five to 14 years in state prison for Grant’s killing.

These are photos of the reaction to the verdict on the streets of Oakland, as captured by Beat reporters on scene.

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[By Steven Luo, Vanessa Guerra, Jennifer Courtney, Tashina Manyak, James Keith and Heather McDaniel | 9 Jul 2010 | Comments Off]
A large banner reading "Oakland Says Guilty" was hung from a stoplight in Downtown Oakland during a gathering after the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle trial. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

(7/9) — UPDATED 14:15 PDT — OAKLAND — A large, peaceful gathering of people in Downtown Oakland following former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter was followed by violence as the sun set.

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts blamed the violence, which included looting shops and setting dumpsters on fire, on a small group of about 50 anarchists.

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[By Tashina Manyak | 9 Jul 2010 | Comments Off]
Cuate Juarez of the October 22 coalition told the crowd Mehserle's verdict was not enough to bring justice. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The response in Los Angeles to the involuntary manslaughter conviction of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was largely peaceful.

Mehserle was charged with second degree murder by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for fatally shooting unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant last year, but after six and a half hours of deliberation the jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter Thursday.

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[By Tashina Manyak | 9 Jul 2010 | One Comment]
Grant's mother Wanda Johnson reacted angrily to the news that Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not murder. "My son was murdered. He was murdered!" she said. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(7/9) — 00:15 PDT — LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury of eight women and four men convicted former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter Thursday afternoon, but acquitted him of the most serious charge he faced: second degree murder.

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[By California Beat | 8 Jul 2010 | One Comment]
A large banner reading "Oakland Says Guilty" was hung from a stoplight in Downtown Oakland during a gathering after the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle trial. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police Officer who shot and killed unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009 at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Los Angeles jury.

The jury found Mehserle not guilty of the most serious charge he faced: murder. Mehserle faces five to 14 years in state prison for Grant’s killing.

These are the updates we put out as reaction rolled in and protests began after the verdict.