Moral Low Ground


Johannes Mehserle to be Released from Jail Monday

Johannes Mehserle, the former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant, an unarmed black passenger lying on the ground with his hands behind his back, will be released from jail on Monday.

A killer cop and his 22-year-old victim.

Mehserle, who sparked widespread outrage and massive protests in Oakland, California after being found guilty of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, had been sentenced to two years behind bars for the killing. That was on November 5 of last year. With time served and time off for good behavior, Mehserle will have served just 7 months and 3 days– 215 days– since his sentencing for killing Grant.

Grant, father of a four-year-old girl, was 22 years old at the time of his death.

He had been riding the BART early New Year’s Day 2009 when a fight broke out on one of the trains. BART police detained Grant and others on a platform at the Fruitvale station in Oakland. While restraining Grant, who police claim was resisting arrest (see for yourself in the shocking video of the shooting below), Mehserle pulled out his gun and shot him in the back.

BART police then tried to confiscate all the cell phones and cameras of witnesses who’d recorded the killing. But fortunately, passenger Karina Vargas was able to escape with video of the incident because her train rolled away from the platform just as officers attempted to seize it.

Mehserle claimed he intended to stun Grant with his taser; prosecutors argued that the shooting amounted to an execution-style murder. A Los Angeles jury agreed with the former. Now Mehserle will soon walk free while Grant’s family continues to mourn the loss of another young black man killed by trigger-happy police.

Grant’s family has been notified of Mehserle’s impending release. “Today, I received a call from the District Attorney’s Office informing me that the actual date that they just got from the California Department of Corrections for his release will be June 13th, somewhere between 12 a.m. and possibly 8:30 in the morning,” Grant’s uncle Cephus Johnson told KGO-7 in San Francisco. “I’m definitely going to be down there in L.A. I’ll be down there on Saturday, because he might be released on Saturday. I’ll be there Sunday because it could happen on Sunday. And I’ll definitely be at the courthouse on Monday.”

There are multiple protests planned to mark Mehserle’s release. One is scheduled to take place outside a Los Angeles courthouse on Monday. In Oakland, the Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant, the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition and others are planning protests at the Fruitvale BART station at 3pm Sunday and in downtown Oakland at 14th Street and Broadway at 5:30pm Sunday.

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  1. AaronJune 9, 2011 at 12:18 pmReply

    What a fucking idiot. They let guys like this carry guns? Even though he got out of jail he is going to have to live with the fact that he’s shot someone. But I think I know what’s going to happen: When he gets back to the police station all the cross burners and neo nazis are going to think he is a hero. His gun will be handed back to him so he could potentially be allowed to do this again. Shit like this is happening all the time and if the government tried harder not to recruit total fuckheads to the police force instead of spending all their time and money on the war on drugs and the silenced occupation still of afghanistan and iraq then we could at least have some hope of stopping incidents like this.

  2. KristinJune 10, 2011 at 8:09 amReply

    It is very simply, sickening. Whether he “meant” to shoot or taser him is irrelevant. If he does not know the difference between the two weapons, he should not be walking around with EITHER of them!

  3. MIssSessaJune 12, 2011 at 9:34 amReply

    “Others” have served more time for lesser offences…..
    He HAS to live with it, by the looks of it
    he may do alright… sleep well Johannes, sleep well…..

  4. Rose Raymond,June 12, 2011 at 2:33 pmReply

    This is so sad, I wish i did not view this vidio,it realy pierce my heart with grief,and great anguish,sorrow,and pain,to see how little value mankind,have placed on life, which is a gift from the Might One,our living HEAVENLY FATHER(GOD) What has happen to the golden rule? of treating each other as we would like to be treated? I am so grieved for the four year child, which is left without his/her young father,to stear him/her through this cruel world! Did the officer think about that? No amount of prison time can compensate for a life that is taking carelessly by another person,Not to mention the suffering,grief,pain and anguish of the child,parents.relatives and friends who are left, withouth their father,son,brother,cousin and friend, when atrocity,like this happens, no one wins,everyone looses, even the earth,that recieves Grant”s blood cries out to the Mighty one,our Creator who alone can give life, this is a grievios sin, the shuter cannot be happy unless he repents and ask for forgivness,If the family and the nation do not recieve what we term reasonable justic by the justic system (because an ereplacable gift Life is taking) He will not get away from the Mighty One.For we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,Rom,14:10.


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