BART Officer That Killed Oscar Grant Wins Lawsuit – Cries ‘I Thought It Was My Taser Gun!’

Oscar Juliuss Grant III, (February 27, 1986 – January 1, 2009)
Oscar Juliuss Grant III, (February 27, 1986 – January 1, 2009)

*On Tuesday, a San Francisco Jury let the white ex-Transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, in an infamous killing captured on cellphone cameras, that he was off the hook.

In the killing that inspired the acclaimed indie movie “Fruitvale Station,” a real train station in Oakland, California, and the platform where the shooting occurred, it was the father of Oscar Grant III, Oscar Grant Jr., who had filed the lawsuit that was awarded no damages.

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

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

Mehserle, 33, claims he mistakenly used his service revolver when he wanted to grab a Taser.

Grant Jr., who filed the suit for unspecified damages for the loss of his son, told the court. “They took the most precious thing in the world to me, my only child,”  according to CBS San Francisco.

BART, short for Bay Area Rapid Transit, had previously settled $175K with the five friends’ of Grant who had been detained. The transit company also paid $2.8 million to Grants’ mother and sister.

This lawsuit is the first civil suit related to Grant’s killing that has gone before a jury.

Read more on this story at Huffington Post.

2 thoughts on “BART Officer That Killed Oscar Grant Wins Lawsuit – Cries ‘I Thought It Was My Taser Gun!’”

  1. I understand the verdict and the decision. Personsally I do not know why the surprise to the decision. Since when did the value of our life become of any importance?

    If we as a people don’t recognize or respect our own value, then why do we expect anyone else to do anything but continually devalue us?

    We must learn to not only come together but stay together as a unit of people. We march, protest, voice our opinion and rant and rave when injustice is served upon us, but what about us living as a proactive unit of people . If we teach and live as the true Kings and Queens that we are, we would then realize that this land that we were forced upon, has no other option than to regard us as royalty.

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