As some of you Californians know, in July, a police officer of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (known as BART) was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 22 year-old Oscar Grant. Last week, the judge in the case gave the officer, Johannes Mehserle, the minimum sentence for the shooting, a term of 2 years.
Oakland is on alert today due to L.A. County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry’s sentencing of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle to a mitigated term of two years in prison. Perry also threw out the gun enhancement portion of the case, saying it wasn’t supported by evidence.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mehserle, who was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter, fatally shot Oscar Grant, 22, on New Year’s Day 2009 at the Oakland Fruitvale BART station during an arrest that was caught on camera. Mehserle contends he mistakenly pulled out his handgun instead of his Taser when he shot Grant as he lay face down.