Cop Convicted of Killing Oscar Grant Released and Infuriates Oakland Citizens
A former BART transit cop for Oakland, Ca. was convicted of killing unarmed man, Oscar Grant is now released after spending 1 year in prison. Johannes Mehserle is a free man though he was sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter. The sentencing for killing an unarmed man was an insult to the citizens of Oakland but he received one day of good conduct credit for each of the 365 days he served behind bars. (Not sure we have heard of that for such a short sentence in the first place).
Report says, Johannes Mehserle stated at the time of the shooting, he intended to shot his taser at Oscar Grant but instead drew his gun and killed the 22 year old on that New Years day in 2009. But last November, Mehserle was acquitted of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter charges and received the two-year sentence, sparking protests in Oakland that turned violent.
Though Mehserle’s attorney had the audacity to try and fight for probation only, Mehserle told the judge he preferred prison if it would calm the city and keep his family safe.
“I shot a man,” he said. “I killed a man. It should not have happened.”
The America Justice system failed Oscar Grant and the people of Oakland, California, infuriated citizens say. There’s not much Oakland can do to soothe the pain of the people of Oakland- though the city is accustomed to fighting, rallying and protesting since the 1960′s and earlier.