Convicted Officer That Killed Unarmed Oscar Grant Wins Lawsuit

Source: Michael McLaughlin/The Huffington Post 

San Francisco civil jury today ruled in favor of a white, former transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed, black man in an infamous killing captured on cellphone cameras.

The federal jury awarded no damages to the father of Oscar Grant III, killed by a single shot to the back from BART Officer Johannes Mehserle early on Jan. 1, 2009 in Oakland.

Deliberations had began Monday after weeks of testimony in the racially charged case, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Former BART officer Johannes Mehserle had cried in open court as he described
shooting the 22-year-old as he lay face down on the train platform.

The 33-year-old claims he mistakenly used his service revolver when he wanted to grab a Taser.


Passengers with cellphone cameras recorded the shooting, turning the incident into a national story. Grant’s killing inspired an acclaimed indie movie “Fruitvale Station,” named for the platform where the shooting occurred.

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