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Mehserle claims he mistook his gun for his Taser when he fired a shot at Grant, who lay facedown at the train station. Hundreds of protesters rallied against Mehserle’s sentencing of only two years back in July. Around 200 marchers gathered peacefully on Sunday night to show their dismay over the officer’s release. Mehserle served only 11 months of his two year sentence.
Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Johannes Mehserle was sentenced in July 2010 for involuntary manslaughter after fatally shooting 22-year-old Oscar Grant on an Oakland train platform on New Year’s Day 2009. At 12:01 Monday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said he was freed.
According to the Associated Press, Daryl Johnson, Grant’s uncle, said at Sunday’s protest, “A crime was committed, but it wasn’t paid for. This needs to stop and the only way it’s going to stop is if we stand together.”
Originally posted by boondock-saint
2 things I foresee happening
1) More riots
2) An ex-cop leaving town
Originally posted by adifferentbreed
So in the heat of the moment one more thug dies? Ah well, at least someones life won't be ruined by him or his actions. I agree the cop should have done alot more time, but I just don't feel bad for the guy killed.
Originally posted by groingrinder
I cannot believe there are only three flags on this thread. I ever a thread needed flags, it is this one. How can anyone NOT be outraged by this injustice?
edit on 6-13-2011 by groingrinder because: Edited to provide appropriate graphics.
Originally posted by againuntodust
I remember when this happened and it's morally reprehensible and socially irresponsible for this murderer to be released after only 11 months when the same crime committed by a regular citizen would usually call for life in prison or the death penalty. This sets a horrible precedent and should make everyone not only sick to their stomach, but rally together and protest with a voice so loud it deafens the system into change.