The 10 Most Controversial Trials Over The Past 20 Years
July 17, 2013 - 3:42 pm
Officer Johannes Mehserle (2010)
Charged With: Involuntary manslaughter (of Oscar Grant III)
The Trial: In a case of wrong place at the wrong time, on the morning of New Years 2009, Oscar Grant III was gunned down by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California. BART officials were called to the Bay Area rapid transit train after a fight broke out. Grant had been laying face down on Fruitvale BART station platform along with many other passengers. Mehserle claimed Grant resisted arrest. According to witnesses, the officer said “get back, I’m going to tase him” before shooting Grant once in the back. The video captured on camera phones was viewed millions of times.
Outcome: On July 8, 2010, Merschle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and second degree murder. He served less than two years and is currently free.
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