A street-side memorial to the shooting victim Oscar Grant in Oakland, Calif., in 2010.
Photograph: Paul Sakuma/Associated Press
Oscar Grantís Killing Will Be Investigated Again, D.A. Says
a transit officer fatally shot Oscar Grant III in the back in Oakland,
setting off protests over the police treatment of Black people.
A district attorney said she would reopen the investigation.
Oct. 6, 2020
Oscar Grant shooting - 1 January 2009
Black man who was killed
by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer
Grant was fatally shot
while lying face down on a train platform
at Fruitvale Station on New Year's Day 2009.
His death was captured on cell phone video,
which went viral and sparked protests in Oakland
calling for officers to be brought to justice.
A Los Angeles judge sentenced
a former transit officer
convicted of shooting an unarmed man
on an Oakland train platform
to two years in prison.
Two years was the minimum sentence
that Johannes Mehserle,
who worked for the Bay Area Rapid Transit,
could have received.
NPR's Richard Gonzalez
says Mehserle spoke to the court
for about ten minutes before the sentencing.
He also apologized to the victim's family.
Right after the shooting,
videos recorded by several witnesses
showed Mehserle shooting a round
into the back of Oscar Grant.
Mehserle is white and Grant is black,
so the incident quickly became racially charged
and led to rioting in Oakland
and again when a jury found Mehserle
guilty of involuntary manslaughter,
but not of murder.
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