Ex-Cop In Oscar Grant Shooting Cries During Hearing, Says He Still Doesn’t Understand What Happened
Oscar Grant was killed nearly 5 years ago, but the story of his untimely passing still resonates. In a recent hearing for the fatal incident, Oscar’s killer Johannes Mehserle took the stand and recounted his version of the night’s events. Via MailOnline:
A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform in Oakland, California more than five years ago.
Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court in San Francisco that he meant to use his Taser rather than his gun to subdue Oscar Grant III on New Year’s Day in 2009.
Mehserle was testifying in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Grant’s father against Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and other defendants.
The shooting occurred as authorities were responding to a chaotic scene on a train platform. Police detained individuals believed to be involved in a fight, including Grant, at Fruitvale Station, in Oakland.
Mehserle, who was in the process of arresting Grant, pulled out his gun while Grant was lying on the ground and shot him in the back. According to Mehserle at the time, he had mistaken the dark service revolver for his Taser.
‘Pirone encountered a group of black men who were doing nothing but talking when he arrived’ said Judge Mary Murguia in the ruling.
Mehserle denied Friday that race or animus had anything to do with the shooting. He said he wasn’t angry while trying to arrest Grant and is still confused about why he pulled his gun instead of his Taser.
“I’m still trying to process everything,” Mehserle said. “How did this happen?”
Mehserle cried when he recalled seeing a bullet hole in Grant’s back and realizing he had shot the suspect.
“I wasn’t trying to shoot him,” Mehserle said.
Mehserle quit the BART police department a week after the shooting. He was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served about half of his two-year sentence in a Los Angeles County jail.
We can’t say the guilt he feels isn’t deserved.