OAKLAND, California – Johannes Mehserle, the police officer who murdered Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station on January 1st 2009, will be released from jail this Sunday, June 12th. Mehserle has served a little over a year of time in prison for shooting Grant in the back while he lay face down on the platform floor. Videos of the murder were spread quickly over the internet and on the news shortly after the shooting, clearly depicting Grant unarmed and Mehserle standing over him firing his sidearm.
Mehserle was arrested only after a great deal of protest (and arrests) in Oakland. He was placed on trial in June of last year, where several discrepancies took place in his favor, calling into question the legitimacy of trial. Further, this was the first time that Mehserle showed any remorse of the murder; he had never so much as contacted Grant’s family to apologize. On July 8th, 2010, Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, sparking fury and protests in the Oakland community, leading to further arrests of protestors. He was sentenced in November, and was given 2 years with the possibility for an early release.
UPDATE: It appears Mehserle is being released on Monday, not Sunday. HOWEVER, it appears the scheduled protests for Sunday are still in effect for Sunday, in Oakland.
Two protests will follow his release on Sunday:
- 3:00pm at the Fruitvale BART station
- 5:30pm at Broadway and 14th (downtown)