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Postby WaTcHeR » 05 Jan 2009, Mon 6:56 pm

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Oscar Grant murdered shot in the back by Oakland Police Officer Mehserle, judges sentence him to only 2 years in prison


California jury finds BART officer Johannes Mehserle guilty of ‘involuntary manslaughter,’ judge says he will only go to prison for two years.

08 July 2010 --A former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer was found guilty on Thursday of the "involuntary manslaughter" of an unarmed black male who was laying handcuffed before him on the ground.

At the trial, former officer Johannes Mehserle "told jurors that he heard a pop and thought the Taser had malfunctioned when 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot to death on New Year's Day 2009," Los Angeles news channel KTLA reported.

The killing was captured on video by several individuals who'd boarded a nearby train.

"For the life of me, I cannot accept that this was an involuntary manslaughter," John Burris, an attorney for Grant's family, said after the verdict was announced. He called the jury's decision "a compromise verdict" but noted that he'd never litigated a case that saw an officer convicted on any such charge.

He called the verdict "a very small step forward, but also a step backward as well."

The jury's deliberation lasted less than seven hours.

The killing sparked a series of rowdy and sometimes violent protests, even as Grant's family appealed for calm.

After Thursday's verdict, Mehserle could get four years in prison, "plus added time for using a gun," according to Mercury News. He had been free on $3 million bail, but the judge ordered Mehserle taken into custody after the verdict was read.

Burris suggested that the gun attachment could add years to that sentence, up to a maximum of 12 if the judge is sympathetic to the victim impact statements. But, he added, "he may very well get a sentence that does not require him to go to jail."

Grant's uncle Cephus Johnson called the decision "a slap in the face" to the family and justice itself, and Grant's mother repeated the word "murder" five times in an emotional, public reaction.

While the attorney pleaded on behalf of the family for calm in the streets, Johnson said he could not control the actions of their community, which is likely to "express their feelings in their own way." He further appealed for peace.

"It is my concern that those agitators, those policemen in civilian uniform, could be" responsible for encouraging violence, Johnson added.

The judge has ordered a probation report to be prepared. Unconfirmed reports claimed that area police departments had SWAT teams at the ready.

The family will have a chance to make victim impact statements to the court on August 6, at which point the judge will determine sentencing.
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Officer Johannes Mehserle

Postby WaTcHeR » 05 Jan 2009, Mon 9:37 pm

Two videos showing a Bay Area Rapid Transit police Officer Johannes Mehserle fatally shooting an unarmed, cooperating 22-year-old man have surfaced, thanks to a vigilant teen and an anonymous cameraman.

According to officials, five officers arrived at a subway station around 2 a.m. in response to reports of fighting on a train. Officers handcuffed a group of suspects, and detained the soon-to-be victim, Oscar Grant III.

In both videos, though detained, Grant had clearly not been cuffed.

Mario Pangelina Jr., aunt to Grant's four-year-old daughter, witnessed the events leading up to the shooting.

"First, an officer grabbed Oscar by the neck and pushed him against the wall," the Oakland Tribune quoted her as saying. "Oscar didn't fight him, but he didn't go down either. He was like, 'What did I do?' Then another officer came up with his Taser and held it right in his face. Oscar said, 'Please don't shoot me, please don't Taser me, I have a daughter,' over and over again, real fast, and he sat down."

Footage captured by camera-phone-wielding Karina Vargas, 19, shows officers had detained several men. Over the proceeding minutes, officers become defensive as groups of yelling youths stand on the periphery and meander past.

At one point, a male shouts, "Yo, fuck the police!"

Vargas several times makes attempts to get closer. When her camera focuses on Grant, he is sitting with his back against a wall, surrounded by others in handcuffs. He holds up his hands, apparently speaking with the officers, when they force him to the ground.

Two officers struggle to turn him over, even as he appears to be strewn across another man's legs, when suddenly one of the men retrieves his gun from its holster.

At this point in Vargas' video, she turns to her immediate left and focuses on Officer Johannes Mehserle wrestling another man to the ground. Then, the shot rings out.

San Francisco's KTVU aired a second video clip from an anonymous witness. In it, Grant is clearly pinned by two officers and completely immobile. Then, without provocation, the officer at Grant's waist draws his weapon and fires.

After the gunshot, as the audio track dissolves into indiscernible shouting and commotion, an enraged onlooker hurls an object at the police. Vargas retreats to her train and peeks the camera at the officers again.

"They just shot him! They just shot him!" she yells. "... I got you, mothafuckers!"

The victim was fatally wounded when the bullet passed through his back, hit the ground, and ricocheted into his lungs. He died in a hospital several hours later.

Grant's mother and daughter are being represented by civil rights attorney John Burris, who has a history of work on police abuse issues, including the beating of Rodney King. At a Sunday news conference, Burris called the incident "without a doubt, the most unconscionable shooting I have ever seen."

A person close to the investigation told the San Francisco Chronicle that BART officials are looking into the possibility that the officer thought he was firing a Taser and pulled out his gun by mistake.

Last June, a Maryland district court found that an officer who shot a fleeing suspect in the elbow while believing he was firing his Taser was not guilty of violating the suspect's rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

Burris has announced a civil suit against BART for $25 million. He has also recommended that charges of second-degree murder or manslaughter be filed against the officer.

"It's pretty clear from the tape and from witnesses that he wasn't doing anything of a threatening nature to the officer," Burris said at a Jan. 4 press conference.

He added that he's seen footage from three other cameras that captured Grant's slaying.

The Bay Area police are appealing to the public for "calm."

"We are taking this investigation very seriously," said Chief Gary Gee during a Sunday press conference. "As frustrating as it is, I want to stress that we cannot and will not jeopardize this case by discussing details before the investigation is complete."
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Officer Johannes Mehserle

Postby WaTcHeR » 07 Jan 2009, Wed 8:24 pm

San Francisco -- Officer Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who fatally shot a man on the Fruitvale Station platform in Oakland early New Year's Day, is being kept under wraps and moved from place to place after receiving a number of death threats, BART spokesman Linton Johnson confirmed Tuesday night.

Mehserle, 27, a two-year veteran of the BART police force, shot and killed 22-year-old Oscar Grant of Hayward as Grant lay face-down on the station platform following a fight between two groups on a train.

While the nature of the threats hasn't been revealed, Johnson said at least one of the threats was made to Mehserle's family. As a result, he has been moved twice.

Mehserle is described as "devastated" over the shooting, but has yet to give a statement to investigators. Johnson said the delay was caused when Mehserle's attorney showed up at the station within two hours of the shooting and invoked the officer's right to "retain counsel and not say anything."

Probes by BART police and the Alameda County district attorney were further hampered because investigators were off over the holiday weekend.

On Friday, Mehserle's girlfriend had a baby - and then, to further complicate matters, BART passengers' videos of the Fruitvale Station incident began showing up on the airwaves. BART lawyers and brass have been in scramble mode ever since.

Johnson said Mehserle's attorney "has not made it easy to schedule him for an interview, but hopefully he'll be coming in very soon."

Odds are: If Mehserle is charged with a crime in Grant's shooting, it will be a first.

No one we talked with - from the district attorney's office to lawyers who work either side of police shootings - could remember a case in the last 20 years in which an on-duty officer had been charged in a fatal shooting in Alameda County.

"By and large, police officers have been reacting to some type of situation before they shoot someone that usually provides a legal justification," said District Attorney Tom Orloff, who has seen dozens of police shooting cases during his nearly four-decade career as a prosecutor.

Orloff, whose office would ultimately decide whether Mehserle should be charged with anything, hastened to point out that many details about the Fruitvale Station shooting remain unknown and that it is far too early to know whether the case will enter the criminal arena.

The most recent controversial police shooting in Alameda County happened July 25, when Oakland police Officer Hector Jimenez shot a drunken-driving suspect in the back as the man ran from an early morning traffic stop in the Fruitvale District.

Police said Jimenez shot 27-year-old Mack "Jody" Woodfox III because he thought Woodfox was reaching into his waistband for a gun, although no gun was found. Jimenez gave the same reason for taking part in the fatal shooting New Year's Eve 2007 of another man, Andrew Moppin, who, like Woodfox, turned out to be unarmed.

Police and a deputy from the district attorney's office interviewed Jimenez after the Woodfox shooting, then went out to the scene at night and re-enacted the incident as the officer related it.

The result - although technically the case is still pending, no charges have been filed.

John Burris, the Grant family's attorney, has sued Oakland police on behalf of the Woodfox family, filing a $25 million civil rights suit in federal court.

Burris filed a legal claim in the BART case Tuesday, a precursor to what he says will be another $25 million suit.

"Police don't get charged because D.A.'s and police work together, so they sort of get a pass," Burris said.

"That's why you have lawyers like myself. If you didn't, nothing would be done."


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Officer Johannes Mehserle

Postby WaTcHeR » 07 Jan 2009, Wed 8:28 pm

I think Officer Johannes Mehserle should take his own life, he's a coward and a murderer. I believe his days are numbered on Earth!
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Postby WaTcHeR » 08 Jan 2009, Thu 11:57 am

Protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer turned violent Wednesday night with windows broken, fires set and train stations closed.

A few hundred protesters took the streets of downtown Oakland to condemn the shooting and call for criminal charges against 27-year-old officer Johannes Mehserle. Oakland police reported at least 15 arrests.

Mehserle resigned from the transit agency shortly before he was supposed to be interviewed by investigators Wednesday.

Mehserle is accused of shooting 22-year-old Oscar Grant of Hayward, who was lying face-down on the station platform when he was shot and killed early New Year's Day. Mehserle was one of several officers responding to reports about groups of men fighting on a train.

Protesters gathered in the afternoon at the Fruitvale BART station where the shooting occurred last week. It was peaceful at first but began to turn after a splinter group left that site and marched downtown.

Protesters set fire to a trash container and tried to overturn a police car, smashing the front window. Police attempted to disperse the crowd and smaller groups of protesters marched to different areas.

Some protesters threw bottles, a window of a fast-food restaurant and other downtown stores were smashed, at least three cars were set on fire and many other automobiles were damaged. Police in riot gear threw tear gas to try to break up the demonstration.

"The crowd started to become more agitated, more hostile, started throwing stuff at the police," Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said. "We gave a dispersal order four to five times over a 20-minute period, then we had our officers go in and start making arrests."

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums went to the protest scene Wednesday night to urge for calm. He and several council members then led a group toward City Hall and further addressed them.

"Even with our anger and our pain, let's still address each other with a degree of civility and calmness and not make this tragedy an excuse to engage in violence," Dellums said. "I don't want anybody hurt, I don't want anybody killed."

Mehserle was scheduled to meet with agency investigators on Wednesday, but did not show up. His attorney and union representative turned in the resignation letter.

John Burris, the attorney for Grant's family, said the timing of the resignation was not a surprise to him.

"He doesn't want to give a statement because BART could've ordered him to do so, and if he didn't, he could be terminated."

Now that he is not employed by BART, Mehserle can exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and not speak to investigators.

Mehserle's attorney did not immediately respond to calls for comment Wednesday.

The shooting is also being investigated by the Alameda County District Attorney's office.

Dellums later directed the city's police department to conduct a third investigation into Grant's killing and to treat the incident as a homicide.

"My sense of it is that people for whatever reason do not have confidence in this investigation as it goes forward," he said. "When I learned what was happening, I summoned the Oakland Police Department and said, 'Look, this is a homicide that happened in Oakland, let's investigate this like we would any other. Whether or not that will give people greater confidence, I don't know. We'll see."

Grant's family has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against BART and want prosecutors to file criminal charges against Mehserle.

Amateur video of the shooting have played frequently on local news stations, giving even more publicity to the incident. Burris said Wednesday that one of the latest videos of the shooting shows that Mehserle did have a Taser on his left side, but he went for a gun on his right side, instead.

"The video supports the position we are taking and eyewitnesses' testimony that the officer deliberately went for his gun and there's no mistake about it," Burris said. "He didn't reach across for his Taser. He couldn't have been thinking about that. He went directly for his gun."


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Postby WaTcHeR » 08 Jan 2009, Thu 11:57 am

So officer Mehserle resigned? If he felt he did nothing wrong why be a coward and resign? The reason officer Mehserle resigned is so that he can go to any other police department and get a job as a cop. He maybe working in your town or city next. I hope that someone smokes his ass before he kills again.
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Postby WaTcHeR » 10 Jan 2009, Sat 1:27 pm

I'm not sure what the rioters are trying to prove by destroying other peoples property? Destroying your neighbors property who had nothing to do with the shooting isn't the way to go. These rioters should go after the people who are to blame for this. If the rioters were smart they would burn down Federal and state government buildings. They would go after the police departments, police officers and their families. If you're going to do something, do it right!
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Postby WaTcHeR » 14 Jan 2009, Wed 3:22 pm

Authorities have confirmed that the BART Officer, Johannes Mehserle, 27, who fatally shot an unarmed Oscar Grant, 22, on New Year's Day, then refused to explain his actions to investigators has been arrested in Nevada on suspicion of murder.

Mehserle was in Nevada because he feared for his safety after receiving death threats after Grant was shot in the back while lying face down after being pulled off a San Fransisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority train, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle. Mehserle surrendered without incident.

Grant's family's attorney, John Burris, said late Tuesday "If it's true, the family is delighted, and it will really help with the healing process," Burris said. "This is also very important for the community. This had to occur; it was almost a no-brainer. I think the district attorney ought to be commended for moving (the case) expeditiously."

Details of the arrest are expected to be announced today by Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff, and Mehserle's attorney, Christopher W. Miller has said that he would not comment on the arrest until after that press conference.

Grant's family has filed a $25 million suit against the transit authority.

According to Sgt. Dan Coverley, from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Mehserle is to be arraigned this morning where he will have the option of fighting extradition back to California, or waiving it.

BART officials say they were not told in advance of the impending arrest, and were taken by surprise.

Activists who had planned protests for today were also taken by surprise, but intend to carry out the scheduled evens as planned.
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Officer Johannes Mehserle is arrested

Postby WaTcHeR » 14 Jan 2009, Wed 10:02 pm

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Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff, at a Wednesday press conference, announced that a police officer involved in the fatal New Year's Day shooting of a citizen was on his way back to California after being arrested and waiving extradition in Douglas County, Nevada. The officer, Johannes Mehserle, was reportedly hiding out in the Lake Tahoe area after receiving death threats.

On New Year's Day, 27-year-old Mehserle was recorded by onlookers pulling his gun and shooting 22-year-old Oscar Grant III, who was restrained and in handcuffs, in the back. Grant had been taken off of a train and was being detained at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, California by police as part of a group under suspicion of being involved in a fight.

The incident was recorded by passersby and copies made their way to the press and the police, prompting public outcry and a $25 million lawsuit filed by Grant's family against the Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority.

Unless new evidence surfaces during Mehserle's trial, Orloff said, it is being treated as a homicide. "Murder charges were filed because at this point, what I feel the evidence indicates is an unlawful killing done by an intentional act, and from the evidence we have, there's nothing that would mitigate that to something lower than a murder."

None of the other officers at the scene, he added, were being charged.

"I understand that there's a great deal of emotion in the community," he added in an appeal to the public, "and I understand that this situation raises a lot of significant social issues in our community. I would hope that people would have the respect for the system in which I've worked for 39 years, and would watch and would make their judgments based on how the system functions, and let the criminal justice system play this out.

"In terms of those that want to protest on the broader social issues, I think peaceful protest can be a very healthy thing."



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What a coward!

Postby Andrew198320091 » 23 Jan 2009, Fri 6:21 pm

What kind of a coward shoots an unarmed person in the back? A cop, of course. This idiot should be hung or at the very least spend the rest of his life in prison.
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New video of Bart shooting

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Oscar Grant punched in the face before being shot




Moments before he was killed, Oscar Grant was punched in the face, but not by the BART officer who shot him.

A new cellphone video shows another BART officer punching Grant just before he was shot by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was arrested on murder charges nearly two weeks ago.

The grainy video raises new questions about what role BART officers played in escalating the scene, which began when Grant was pulled off a San Fransisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority train on New Year's Day. Six days letter, protests turned to riots in Oakland, Ca.

The officer who punched Grant in the face is the same officer who investigators say had his knee on Grant's neck when the 22-year-old man was shot. Aside from Mehserle, no BART officers have been charged with wrongdoings.

"There's no question in my mind that that's vivid powerful evidence that he committed a vicious physical assualt, unprovoked on a citizen, for absolutely no reason," said UC Hastings and Golden Gate law professor Peter Keane, who believes the officer should be fired and charged with assault. "That punch was totally unjustified... That officer is committing a crime."

BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger has pledged to investigate the officer's actions in the new video.

“I take this new allegation of police use of unreasonable force extremely seriously,” Dugger said in a prepared statement released Saturday night, KTVU.com reported. “I have directed (BART) Police Chief Gary Gee to conduct a rigorous internal affairs investigation into this officer’s actions.”

U.C. Berkeley law school professor Franklin Zimring said the district attorney must charge another BART officer with a crime. "If the district attorney is saying he's not going to charge any officer except Mehserle in my opinion, he's not doing his job," Zimring says in the video below. "Police officers are not...immunized from the normal laws that govern when assault is criminal conduct."

Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff would not comment on the possibility of charging a second BART police officer, KTVU.com reported.

Although unmentioned in the KTVU report, the video could potentially incriminate another BART officer. Since the female officer is shown in the video observing her colleague punching Grant, she would have been required to report what she saw to authorities.

This video is from KTVU, broadcast Jan. 25, 2009.


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Postby WaTcHeR » 30 Jan 2009, Fri 10:07 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The former BART police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man on a transit station platform told a fellow officer moments before firing his gun that he was going to discharge his Taser, according to a document released Friday.

Johannes Mehserle, 27, was ordered Friday to be held on $3 million bail on charges that he shot Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Hayward man, in the back while Grant was lying face down on the ground at the Fruitvale station platform after police responded to reports that there had been a fight on a train.

Mehserle remains in jail Friday evening and has not posted bail contrary to an earlier statement released by the office of Oakland's mayor, an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums' office issued a statement earlier Friday stating that Mehserle had been released from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin after posting bail, but sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Mehserle remains in custody.

At the hearing, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson said that he set a high bail of $3 million for former the former BART police officer because he thinks Mehserle gave an "inconsistent story" about why he shot and killed Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale station in Oakland early New Year's Day.

Jacobson said it appears to him that Mehserle, who is charged with murder in connection with the highly publicized incident, wanted to "make up a story to avoid the consequences of his actions."

At a packed hearing that lasted nearly an hour, Jacobson said Mehserle told fellow BART police officers that he was going to use a Taser on Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man, but after Mehserle shot Grant he told a colleague, "I thought he had a gun."

The judge said Mehserle's statements "seem to be inconsistent" because if Mehserle truly believed that Grant had a gun then Mehserle would have been justified to pull out his gun and use deadly force and wouldn't have needed to use his Taser.

Jacobson said that because he believes Mehserle hasn't been totally forthcoming about his actions he has "a lack of trust at promises that he will appear for future court hearings."

Before Jacobson ruled on Mehserle's bail motion, the former officer's attorney, Michael Rains, said that the shooting was "a tragic accident" and Mehserle only intended to use his Taser.

Rains said he thinks Mehserle should only be charged with involuntary manslaughter and consequently his bail should only be $30,000, which is the standard bail for that lesser charge.

In a draft of the bail appeal released Friday, Rains said that Mehserle told Officer Anthony Pirone he was "going to taze Grant and [yelled] at Pirone to 'get back.'"

Pirone told investigators, the document revealed, that Mehserle told Grant to -- "Put your hands behind your back, stop resisting, stop resisting, put your hands behind your back."

He then said: "I'm going to taze him. I'm going to taze him. I can't get his arms."

Several of the witness quoted in the bail document corroborate the difficult struggle officers were having getting Grant to remove his hands from in front of his stomach before hearing the "pop" of the fired shot.

Pirone told investigators Mehserle then stood up and said: "Tony, Tony, get away, back up, back up."

Mehserle was armed with both a Taser and a handgun. He then allegedly drew the handgun and shot Grant once. According to the court documents submitted by Rains, Mehserle had attended a six-hour training class in use of the X-26 Taser and passed the user certification test on December 3, 2008.

In the document, Rains notes the short amount of time – less than a month – that had passed since the certification and the shooting incident and estimates that Mehserle had likely only carried the department-approved Taser somewhere between eight and twelve shifts before the New Year's Day shooting.

The bail document later asserts that "the bulk of the discovery, including witness and officer statements, seem to indicate that this young officer, who carried a taser for only a few shifts prior to this event, may have mistakenly deployed his service pistol rather than his taser, thus negating any criminal intent."

Mehserle -- who resigned the week after the shooting incident that provoked widespread outrage and protests -- has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

With emotions in the community still simmering, authorities increased security at the courthouse as Mehserle's made his appearance before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson. A group in the hallway outside could clearly be heard chanting "We are Oscar Grant. We are Oscar Grant."

The group of protesters marched through the streets of Oakland after the bail hearing, at one point congregating at the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway, stopping traffic and clambering on top of an AC Transit bus. Though there were reports of one arrest by early evening, police seemed to have the streets under control as night fell.

Former San Francisco District Attorney Jim Hammer predicted the bail would be set somewhere between $1 million and $3 million before the hearing. "In a run of the mill murder case, there is generally bail -- $2 to $3 million," Hammer said.

Hammer added that the bail hearing was just the beginning of a lengthy legal journey. With several cell phone videos having been broadcast of the shooting, the potential jury pool may have already been tainted.

"It's a real nightmare not just for the judge but for the DA also," Hammer said. "If you look back at the most recent case -- the Rodney King beating trial -- you have video of alleged police misconduct played over and over. What that means is that the jurors in Oakland probably have already made up their minds about it."

"The defense will make a motion to move it [the trial] out of the hothouse atmosphere here in Oakland and Alameda County," he added.

Hammer said the trial could be reassigned almost anywhere in the state, including communities where the racially charged nature of the case may be an issue. Grant was black and Mehserle is white.

"That would be bad news for the prosecutor," he said.


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Postby WaTcHeR » 30 Jan 2009, Fri 10:08 pm

You almost have to feel sorry for this officers family, because you just know that someone isn't going to see their next birthday.
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Postby WaTcHeR » 31 Jan 2009, Sat 1:16 pm

Asking ignorant cops questions they can't answer.

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Postby WaTcHeR » 31 Jan 2009, Sat 6:15 pm

Shooter's bail set at $3 million as protest flares in Oakland; Outside agency taking over investigation

According to files released Friday, Johannes Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit officer who shot and killed 22-year-old Oscar Grant on New Year's Day, told a fellow officer he planned to shock Grant with his Taser, not shoot him.

During a crowded Friday hearing, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson set Mehserle's bail at $3 million.

"That is the type of bail that will go a long ways toward ensuring future appearances in court," said the judge.

Also on Friday, it was announced that an outside agency would take over the shooting investigation, displacing BART Police Chief Gary Gee after he circulated a memo describing how BART employees might go about sending money and material comforts to Mehserle.

"It is unacceptable for the police chief, who ostensibly is investigating Mehserle and other officers ... To encourage officers to visit and make financial contributions to Mehserle," said John Burris, who represents Oscar Grant's family.

Judge Jacobson said he set Mehserle's bail so high because he believes the officer gave an "inconsistent story." He went so far as to say the defendant might "make up a story to avoid the consequences of his actions."

"Jacobson said Mehserle told fellow BART police officers that he was going to use a Taser on Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man, but after Mehserle shot Grant he told a colleague, 'I thought he had a gun,'" reports San Francisco's KTVU.

The court documents, which contain statements from fellow BART officers present during the shooting, indicate that Mehserle had intended to use a Taser on Grant.

"I'm going to taze him, I'm going to taze him," Mehserle said, according to Officer Tony Pirone. "I can't get his arms. He won't give me his arms. His hands are going for his waistband."

Immediately after the shot, Pirone claims Mehserle said, "Tony, I thought he was going for a gun."

"The judge said Mehserle's statements 'seem to be inconsistent' because if Mehserle truly believed that Grant had a gun then Mehserle would have been justified to pull out his gun and use deadly force and wouldn't have needed to use his Taser," said KTVU.

After Mehserle's bail hearing, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums stated that Mehserle had posted the $3 million in bail and was free.

The statement was in error, and Mehserle remains behind bars. But a correction did not come before the news had touched off a fresh wave of protest in the streets of Oakland.

It began as a "few dozen protesters, organized by the advocacy group Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, gathered at the county courthouse for Mehserle's bail hearing," reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "Protesters carried signs reading 'Jail Racist Killer Cops' and 'Justice for Oscar Grant,' and several of them said they were angry bail was granted."

"[N]ine people were arrested for failing to disperse," reports Oakland's CBS 5. A police vehicle was damaged, and officers at one point deployed tear gas. The protesters also triggered the brief closure of Oakland's 12th Street BART station, according to a published report.

"When police arrived, the crowd moved toward Oakland Police Department headquarters at 7th Street and Broadway, near where the rear windows of an unmarked police sedan were smashed while several officers sat inside," said the Contra Costa Times, in a report titled "Police prevent repeat of earlier rioting."

"Police fired two 'flash bang' grenades at the crowd and pushed protesters back down Broadway toward 14th Street. The protesters headed back down 14th Street to the courthouse, but teams of riot police faced off with the demonstrators at 14th and Madison.

"Police arrested two men in the parking lot of a nearby McDonald's restaurant and continued to push the crowd back up 14th Street toward downtown. They ordered the crowd to clear the area or police would fire tear gas. Instead they warned protesters to clear the area and advanced on a small crowd, pushing them south along Madison Street. Soon after, police arrested about eight people. Officers tackled several young males as they resisted being restrained. One man was hit in the back with a truncheon."

A prior protest over Grant's murder turned violent. On Jan. 7, hardly a week after the killing, police made at least 105 arrests after cars -- including one police vehicle -- were vandalized, store windows were smashed, and fires blazed out of control on the streets. Approximately 300 stores were damaged.

"I am begging the citizens not to use violent tactics, not to be angry," said Wanda Johnson, Grant's mother, at a press conference after the first round of protest. "You're hurting people who have nothing to do with the situation. You're vandalizing their property, hurting their cars and breaking their windows. Please just stop it, please."

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Postby WaTcHeR » 07 Feb 2009, Sat 1:44 pm

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer accused of murder in the Jan. 1 shooting death of an unarmed man on the Fruitvale Station platform in Oakland, was released Friday afternoon after posting a $3 million bond, authorities said.

Mehserle, 27, posted bail at 3:45 p.m. and was released from Santa Rita Jail without incident, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department said.

Mehserle has pleaded not guilty to murdering 22-year-old Oscar Grant on the BART platform New Year's Day. The shooting, which was captured on multiple cell phone videos, led to a series of protests in Oakland, some nonviolent, others resulting in vandalism and arrests.

Mehserle's release came the same day as some of those arrested in protests were arraigned in Oakland. As he was driving from the jail, several dozen protesters were gathering at Frank Ogawa Plaza for a march down Broadway with a heavy police escort.

Prosecutors and Mehserle's defense attorneys are prohibited from commenting on the case by a court-imposed gag order. His defense attorneys have said in court that Mehserle had intended to shoot Grant with a Taser and accidentally grabbed his service weapon.

Prosecutors had argued against granting Mehserle bail, calling his actions indicated "poor professional judgment, emotional immaturity and a lack of impulse control" and that he might pose a risk to public safety if released, in part because of his access to weapons.

Mehserle's attorney, Michael Rains, filed documents with the court saying Mehserle had transferred a .45 Glock semiautomatic pistol and a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol to David Trumbull, whom Mehserle designated as having power of attorney.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums also had expressed concerns about Mehserle's release, saying that setting bail of any amount could jeopardize community safety. Friday, after Mehserle's release, the mayor called for calm.

"In challenging violence, we must not engage in violence. In challenging injustice, let us not engage in unjust acts," Dellums said in a prepared statement.

"In Oakland, peace and protest are compatible, but we will not allow violence and vandalism in our city. We must treat each other and our city with respect and dignity while the outcome of this case is determined by judge and jury."

Mehserle had sought a reduction in the $3 million bail, and a leader of BART's police union had sent a message this week to other law enforcement officers seeking donations, saying Mehserle's family was about $45,000 short of what it needed to post bond.

The BART Police Officers Association said the letter was sent without union approval, and association spokesman Alex Tourk repeated Friday that the fundraising was unofficial.

Attorney John Burris, who has filed a $25 million claim on behalf of Grant's family, said his clients had not wanted Mehserle to be released on bail, but had recognized it would happen and were prepared for his release.

"It is his constitutional right - they respect it. I hope there is no social unrest as a consequence of his release," Burris said. "The family wants peace. Period ... to do otherwise smears the name of Oscar Grant III."

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Postby WaTcHeR » 20 May 2009, Wed 7:24 pm

OAKLAND — BART police officer Jon Woofinden said the situation he faced the night his former partner Officer Johannes Mehserle shot an unarmed passenger at the Fruitvale station was one of the scariest he has ever been involved in during his 10 years as a peace officer.

Yet, when questioned by the prosecution, he admitted that he never pushed a button on his radio to signal an emergency.

Woofinden also said that the initial call he received over his radio to respond to Fruitvale, which included sounds of people screaming in the background, made his heart pump as he thought of his wife and kids.

Yet, Woofinden admitted that the call was for a misdemeanor battery with no mention of weapons.

Similar inconsistencies were pointed out throughout Woofinden's testimony today by Deputy District Attorney David Stein who compared the differences in what the officer wrote in his police report about the incident to videos of it recorded by passengers.

Woofinden took the stand this morning as a defense witness and proceeded to describe the night his partner killed Oscar Grant III of Hayward as one filled with chaos and uncertainty.

"It's a busy and chaotic night systemwide," Woofinden said under questioning from Mehserle's attorney Michael Rains. "There were several fights that came over the radio at several locations." Woofinden, who partnered with Mehserle that evening and morning, said both were at West Oakland responding to a man

who was seen with a gun when he got the call about a fight at Fruitvale.

Woofinden said he could hear commotion in the background of the call and, as Mehserle drove them to the station, he thought of his family because he was "extremely" scared.

Once at the station, Woofinden said he saw Grant and his friends sitting against the wall and another group of about four to five people approaching from his left.

Woofinden said he immediately turned around and formed a "one-man skirmish" line to block the "crowd" from advancing.

"We were severally out numbered, it was ... an evolving situation," he said.

It was soon after that Woofinden said he heard a "sound." The former Moraga and Pleasant Hill police officer refused to say the sound was that of a gun shooting and instead said it sounded like a "loud Taser." "It did not sound to me like a shot," he said. "It sounded to me like a large Taser." Woofinden said he did not know his partner had shot Grant but eventually Mehserle walked next to him as Woofinden was arresting another passenger.

Woofinden said Mehserle never said a word but looked troubled.

"His forehead was extremely sweaty, his face was flush, his eyes were big," Woofinden said describing Mehserle after the shooting. "I told him that he needed to take a walk." While Woofinden talked with almost absolute certainty as he described the events the morning of Jan. 1 to Rains, he began to stumble and "not recall" details when he was questioned by Stein.

Using a video of the event recorded by a passenger, Stein showed how Woofinden never raised his baton toward a crowd of people as he said he did in a police report. The video also showed that initially, Woofinden ran toward Grant and his friends. In testimony and in his police report, Woofinden said he did not run toward the group and instead stopped immediately when he reached the platform.

"I believed that I turned around but you can see in the video that I took a couple of steps," Woofinden said at one point.

Woofinden will not be the only BART police officer to testify when the preliminary hearing continues Tuesday.

Before the hearing began, Rains said he also intends to call two other officers at the scene and show enhanced video of the shooting. Rains claims that his client should not be charged with murder because Mehserle did not have malice in killing Grant.

"There is no malice because Mr. Mehserle did not intend to shoot Mr. Grant, Mr. Mehserle intended to use his Taser," Rains said. "When Mr. Mehserle intended to uses his Taser ... Mr. Grant was actively, actively resisting arrest."


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Postby WaTcHeR » 20 May 2009, Wed 7:30 pm

Reality is that Officer Johannes Mehserle is already dead, it just hasn't happened yet. Officer Mehserle and his family will have to be relocated and change their names, it might buy them a little time?

Stupid fuck-up's get you in these type of situations.
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Postby WaTcHeR » 20 Jun 2009, Sat 7:12 pm

An Oakland police officer who shot and killed two unarmed men has been fired by the city for violating department use-of-force policies in the more recent incident, his attorney said today.

Officer Hector Jimenez was terminated earlier this month in connection with the 2008 shooting death of Mack "Jody" Woodfox III, 27, in the city's Fruitvale District, said Jimenez' attorney, Justin Buffington. Woodfox was shot three times in the back, his family said.

The department said Jimenez violated use-of-force policies because Woodfox no longer posed a threat to the officer at the time of the shooting, Buffington said. But the attorney said the firing was "completely inappropriate" and that Jimenez will appeal.

"I don't think the department wanted to terminate him but had to terminate him for political reasons," Buffington said, referring to the public outcry that resulted because Jimenez had shot and killed two people within seven months.

Officer Jeff Thomason, department spokesman, said he could not comment because it was a personnel issue.

Oakland police have said that Jimenez, who graduated from the police academy in February 2007, fired numerous shots at Woodfox on July 25, 2008, hitting him in the back. Jimenez said he believed Woodfox, a drunk-driving suspect, was reaching into his waistband for a gun when he jumped from his car and ran from police. The chase ended at East 17th Street and Fruitvale Avenue.

Woodfox was not armed, however, and his family filed a $10 million federal civil rights suit against the city of Oakland and Jimenez that is still pending. The complaint cited a previous fatal shooting involving Jimenez as evidence that the officer was poorly trained.

On New Year's Eve 2007, Jimenez and Officer Jessica Borello shot and killed 20-year-old Andrew Moppin-Buckskin at 47th Avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland after he ran from his car following a traffic stop, police said. Moppin-Buckskin was not armed, but the officers told investigators that they believed he had been reaching for his waistband. The officers did not violate any policies, the department said.

John Burris, an Oakland attorney representing the families of both men killed by Jimenez, said today that he was gratified by the officer's termination.

"His conduct was egregious. A young man is dead who should not be dead," Burris said. "Maybe two young men are dead who should not be dead. We thought this case not only warranted termination, but certainly warranted prosecution."

Buffington disagreed, saying his client is "confident in his actions on both occasions, and he certainly felt that he was put in a position where he had no other choice. It's every cop's nightmare to have to use deadly force and, unfortunately, he was confronted with circumstances that required it."


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Postby WaTcHeR » 29 Jun 2009, Mon 2:46 pm

A new bombshell may be waiting to explode in the case of Oscar Grant, the black man who was killed by a white San Francisco Bay Area Transit Authority police officer.

One of the police officers called Grant a “bitch ass nigger” before Grant was killed by another officer.

A videotape taken by a bystander shows one of the officers, identified by the San Francisco Chronicle as Tony Pirone, shouting “bitch as nigger, right?” twice, about 30 seconds before Grant was shot to death by fellow officer Johannes Mehserle.

Mehserle, 27, has been suspended and charged with murder. Pirone has also been suspended.

The new video was filmed by a rider at the Oakland Fruitvale Station early New Year’s Day.

Pirone and his attorney aver that Pirone was simply repeating a phrase Grant hurled at the officers. Grant’s voice, however, is not audible on the tape. A sound-enhanced version of the recording shows the officer slamming Grant with a “shoulder chop” which dropped him to the ground, and then uttering the racial epithet.

The tape emerged during the preliminary hearing for the officer who shot and killed Grant but has received scant attention.

Asked if he made the statement, Pirone testified in court: “I don’t remember, but it very well may have happened.”

“Is that something you would have initiated on your own, calling him names?” a lawyer asked.

“No, I don’t talk like that,” Pirone said.

The lawyer representing Grant’s family told the Chronicle that Pirone’s remarks were “shocking and disturbing” and that “Pirone was out of control, assaulting Oscar Grant and taunting him with racial slurs, and none of the other officers seemed to put him in check.”

As RAW STORY reported in January, “The officer who punched Grant in the face is the same officer who investigators say had his knee on Grant’s neck when the 22-year-old man was shot. Aside from Mehserle, no BART officers have been charged with wrongdoing.

“There’s no question in my mind that that’s vivid powerful evidence that he committed a vicious physical assualt, unprovoked on a citizen, for absolutely no reason,” said UC Hastings and Golden Gate law professor Peter Keane, who believes the officer should be fired and charged with assault. “That punch was totally unjustified… That officer is committing a crime.”

The East Bay Express points out that “Pirone has a history of not telling the truth.”

“For example, Pirone testified that Grant had refused to put his hands behind him, but then was forced to admit that videotapes of the shooting showed Grant doing just that,” Robert Gammon writes.

“Pirone also said on the stand that Grant had kicked him in the groin moments before the killing. But then Pirone admitted that he never told investigators about the alleged kick during at least two interviews in the days after the killing. Pirone said he only remembered the kick later, after viewing videotapes of the incident - which, it should be noted, do not show any such kick, just as they do not show Grant calling Pirone a ‘Bitch-ass Nigger.’”

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Postby WaTcHeR » 29 Jan 2010, Fri 10:12 pm

BART to Pay $1.5 Million in Grant Case


BART to Pay Settlement in Shooting Death. More than a year after Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by a BART police officer, BART announced Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $1.5 million to the mother of Oscar Grant’s young daughter, Tatiana. The settlement is from a $50 million lawsuit filed against the transit agency. “No matter what anyone’s opinion of the case may be, the sad fact remains: This incident has left Tatiana without a father,” James Fang, the BART board president, said in a statement.

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