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Ear to the Ground

Protests Planned as Convicted Cop Gets Early Release

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Posted on Jun 12, 2011
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Protesters demonstrate on behalf of the slain Oscar Grant III in Oakland in 2009.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer who shot an unarmed young black man in the back, killing him, has been ordered released from prison.

The former cop, whose actions triggered a racially charged upheaval in Northern California, had been sentenced in November to only two years.

The L.A. Times reports that the family of the victim, Oscar Grant III, plans to protest the release in both Oakland and Los Angeles, where the trial was held.  —PZS

Los Angeles Times:

Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry ruled Friday that Johannes Mehserle, who was sentenced last November to serve two years, should be released Monday because of credits for time served and good behavior.

A Los Angeles jury convicted Mehserle last July of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III on the platform of the Fruitvale BART station on New Year’s Day 2009. The racially charged case sparked riots and protests in Oakland, followed by more unrest when Mehserle was not convicted of a more serious charge and was sentenced to just two years.

Grainy video footage of the shooting — captured by several witnesses — showed Mehserle, who is white, firing one round into the back of Grant, who was black. Alameda County prosecutors accused the officer of murder. Mehserle, 29, testified that he meant to use his Taser but mistakenly grabbed his pistol.

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By Psychobabbler, June 13, 2011 at 7:38 am Link to this comment

The victim was treated unfairly, which is an understatement. The officers defense is weak. It’s unlikely that it could have happened accidently.

There: I said something that makes sense.

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By Russian Paul, June 13, 2011 at 1:23 am Link to this comment

either you’re being too cryptic, or i am way too obtuse, but i still can’t make heads
or tails out of what you’re saying. who was treated unfairly? mehserle or the
innocent man he killed?

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By Psychobabbler, June 13, 2011 at 12:10 am Link to this comment

It seams to me that the man was treated unfairly Paul. (typical)

All of the nonsense gets me discombobulated sir.

I am just trying to point to the hypocrisy of people who act ‘inappropriately’ with immunity getting pushy with their would be cronies.

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By Russian Paul, June 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment

funny how instead of just saying the protest was TODAY in oakland (sunday),
truthdig ambiguously writes “protests planned” after the protest is already winding
down! if there’s something planned for tomorrow, there’s not a lot of info
available. but truthdig has no interest to help mobilize for this i suppose.

psychobabbler - your handle is fitting. what the hell are you trying to say?

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By Psychobabbler, June 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

Hey Northern California:

A Panini is just a grilled cheese sandwich. (get with the program you knobs)

I guess this guy probably got what he deserved as far as I know because American information is all I get.

If being drunk and belligerent is a crime then we are all in deep doodoo as a nation.

Drinking Vodka from a plastic cup is ‘trashy’ unless you put it in a martini glass with an olive which makes you very sophisticated like a poet.

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