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Video of family and supporters on the first day of Mehserle's trial in LA - June 10, 2010
Lynching Then, Lynching Now (by Jen of the LA Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant)
IranContraScumDid911 — June 10, 2010 — Opening statements were held in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday in the highly anticipated murder trial of former Bay Area Rapid Transit police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fatally shot unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III in Oakland last year.
Several BART officers were responding to a fight on a train, and Mehserle's defense attorney, Michael Rains, said the 28-year-old defendant was reaching for his Taser stun gun but grabbed his gun instead when he shot Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward resident, on New Year's Day 2009.
Prosecutors said Mehserle intended to shoot Grant, and he used his gun because officers were losing control of the situation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7NJBA5rr3c
KPCCRadio — June 10, 2010 — Oscar Grant supporters speak with KPCC's Frank Stoltze outside the trial of former transit police officer Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle shot and killed Grant on New Year's Day 2009 in Oakland; the incident was caught on video and made available on the Internet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YYHhEqJgSU