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Oscar Grant Shooting (Fruitvale Station) BART Officer Win Lawsuit

I am utterly amazed at the results of this case.  What a world we live in where an officer can shoot another person in the back and not be held financially accountable for his actions…AMERICA I TELL YOU!!! I am in NO WAY saying that Oscar Grant was a saint because he was not, however this man has not gotten any sort of punishment other than losing his job and gaining his 15 minutes of unfortunate fame of being known as the man who got away with murder in one of the biggest cases since Emmett Till.  I wonder does this man lose sleep at night, probably not because it is not his son that was shot in the back for no reason at all.

I often wonder how things would be if the tables were turned, if the officer was black and the victim was white, would he have gotten off so easy by just losing his job.  Oscar Grant’s family is  going to be forever reminded of this horrible situation and it is beyond unfathomable for me to believe that the justice system is fair.

The ONLY justice that is fair is the JUDGEMENT OF GOD!! You may get away with it here on Earth but know that GOD will not allow you to just “skate” by without punishment.  I hope this man NEVER gets a decent night’s rest, he should have the vision of what he did playing in his head like a never-ending movie!!!

Ex-Transit Officer Who Killed Oscar Grant, Unarmed Black Man, Wins Lawsuit

This image provided by the Los Angeles County Superior Court shows Oscar Grant who was shot by former San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, Johannes Mehserle on New Year's Day 2009. Mehserle testified Friday June 25, 2010 that he mistakenly pulled out his pistol instead of a stun gun when he shot and killed an unarmed black man who was lying face down on an Oakland train platform.(AP Photo/ Los Angeles County Superior Court)

A San Francisco civil jury today ruled in favor of a white, former transit officer who fatally shot an unarmed, black man in an infamous killing captured on cellphone cameras.

The federal jury awarded no damages to the father of Oscar Grant III, killed by a single shot to the back from BART Officer Johannes Mehserle early on Jan. 1, 2009 in Oakland.

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

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

The 33-year-old claims he mistakenly used his service revolver when he wanted to grab a Taser.

Passengers with cellphone cameras recorded the shooting, turning the incident into a national story. Grant’s killing inspired an acclaimed indie movie “Fruitvale Station,” named for the platform where the shooting occurred.

Oscar Grant Jr. — the slain man’s father — filed the federal lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for the loss of the familial association with his son.

“They took the most precious thing in the world to me, my only child,” Grant Jr. said in court, according to CBS San Francisco.

This is the first civil suit related to Grant’s killing to go to a jury. BART — short for Bay Area Rapid Transit — settled suits with Grant’s mother and daughter for $2.8 million. Last month, five friends of Grant detained after he was shot agreed to a $175,000 payout.

“I thought he was going for a gun,” Mehserle testified, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I made a mistake.”

Grant Jr. is serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and was imprisoned for all of his son’s life. But he’s testified that the two had a deep bond, and he expected to strengthen their relationship if he were to have been granted parole.

Mehserle’s defense attorney tried to show that father and son were not quite so close. During cross-examination, Grant Jr. was peppered with questions about the young man’s life. Did he know the name of his son’s school? What high school sports did his son play, if any? Where did he work?

Grant Jr. didn’t know many of these details, according to a separate Tribune article.

A criminal court jury convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter in 2010 and acquitted him of murder. He was released in 2011.

Just last month, one of Grant’s aunts was killed in a shooting in Oakland.

Source: Huffington Post





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