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Killer Cop Gets Bail, People Take to Streets: “We Can’t Rely On This System For Justice"
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OAKLAND—On January 30, people packed the courtroom to demand that Johannes Mehserle, the cop who shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant in the back on New Year’s Day, be kept in jail. The judge, Morris Jacobson, admitted that Mehserle, who had been apprehended in Nevada (where he fled during the initial investigation), was a flight risk. And Jacobson was openly skeptical of Mehserle’s inconsistent story about the shooting of Oscar Grant, saying, “He has a willingness to add to the story, to change the story, to make up something that’s not true to avoid consequences.” But the judge still set a bail of $3 million dollars.

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