Verdict in Oscar Grant Trial Sparks Protests Against Courts and Media

In Oakland, California, where frustration over police brutality fueled the rise of the Black Panther Party nearly fifty years ago, anger and grief spilled into the streets when a former city transit officer drew an involuntary manslaughter conviction yesterday for gunning down an unarmed black man today as he laid on the ground in compliance with police orders. As Blogher Contributing Editor Melissa Ford reported, the verdict returned by a Los Angeles jury against Johannes Mehserle, 28 in the killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III normally carries a sentence of 2-4 years, but could be as long as 15 years because the crime was committed with a gun. ...more

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Oscar Grant Verdict Comes Back as Involuntary Manslaughter; Bloggers React

New Year's Day, 2009. An unarmed man, Oscar Grant, was shot in the back at an Oakland, California BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station by transit cop Johannes Mehserle. The shooting was caught on cell phone video. Mehserle was charged with murder, but the first verdict, which was handed down tonight, came back as involuntary manslaughter, which by itself holds a maximum 2-4 year sentence. ...more

Of course there are professions where life-or-death decisions and judgments need to be made in ...more

Cell phone videos of police killing spark calls for change

Thanks to cameraphones, Youtube and blogs, people around the world saw a young transit police officer fatally shoot 22-year-old Oscar Grant III in the back as he laid face down on an Oakland, California subway platform. The shooting, which took place in the early ours of New Years' day, touched off violence-laced protests in a city whose history of troubled police-community relations stretches back decades. While the city considers possible criminal charges against the officer, Grant's family has filed a $25 million wrongful death suit. ...more

I hear the cop has been charged with murder.  I hope justice is served. This was a horrible ...more