Johannes Mehserle

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Cop in BART Killing Gets Out After a Year

Former transit officer Johannes Mehserle served one year behind bars

(Newser) - A former Oakland transit cop convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed man on a subway platform last year was freed today after a year in prison, reports CNN . Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter, but he received one day of good conduct credit for each... More »

Oakland Cops Arrest 152 in Sentencing Protest

Marchers say transit cop got off too easy

(Newser) - Oakland police racked up 152 arrests last night of demonstrators angry that a transit cop got a 2-year-sentence for shooting an unarmed black man to death. Protesters took to the streets after a judge gave Johannes Mehserle the minimum prison sentence for killing Oscar Grant last year, reports the LA ... More »

Oakland Cops Arrest 80 in Riots

Protesters angry over transit killing verdict

(Newser) - Oakland police arrested more than 80 people last night following protests by demonstrators who think a white transit cop got off easy for killing a black man. Dozens of stores were vandalized downtown, Dumpster fires raged in the middle of the street, and "Oakland is our amusement park tonight!... More »

Officer Guilty of Manslaughter in Transit Killing

He escapes murder charges in volatile racial case

(Newser) - A white former transit officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter today in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform in a 2009 encounter that set off days of rioting in the city. Prosecutors had wanted Johannes Mehserle convicted of murdering 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who... More »

SF Cop Charged in BART Slaying

Ex-officer surrendered on suspicion of murder

(Newser) - The transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on New Year's Day, sparking San Francisco-area riots, was arrested last night in Nevada on suspicion of murder, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Sources say Johannes Mehserle, 27, had fled California after receiving death threats in the wake of Oscar Grant's... More »

Cop Victim's Mom Pleads for Calm

Rioters trash streets in Oakland after officer shoots unarmed man in BART station

(Newser) - The family of a 22-year-old man shot dead by police at an Oakland BART station have appealed for calm following violent protests, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Hundreds of businesses and cars have been trashed and 105 people arrested in disturbances. Prosecutors are considering filing criminal charges against the police... More »

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