BART shooting

Grant Family To Cop: Spare Us Your Crocodile Tears

Mehserle’s emotional testimony outrages Oscar Grant’s family, as prosecution chips away at the defense’s argument that the shooting was an accident.

Oscar Grant Trial: I'm Not a Murderer

Johannes Mehserle has finally spoken for himself. And in one compelling testimony he transformed from the anonymous symbol of cop brutality a sympathetic, imperfect human being a jury can understand.

Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

A forensics expert the prosecution worked hard to keep out of the trial tells so many plain lies he just may tar Mehserle by association.

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

Johannes Mehserle’s defense kicks off with a combative, emotional exchange with Grant’s friend over what really happened on the BART platform that deadly night.

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

Keecha Williams testified that the fight on her train was typical New Year’s Eve fare, and that the fight Grant supposedly had with other people on the train was not unusually violent.

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

Bay Area police convened for a day-long training on arrest and crowd control techniques. They simulated violence by having plain clothes officers throw objects at police.

BART Cop Pirone's Convenient Memory Lapses

Pirone could not remember how Grant got from his knees onto the floor of the platform. “It’s like trying to unscramble an egg,” Pirone said by way of explaining his fuzzy memories.

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop's Story

Eyewitnesses’ cell phone videos show that Oscar Grant and his friends were compliant with transit cops and did not resist their orders.

DA: No Cop Pulls a Gun on Accident

A retired BART patrol officer walked the courtroom through the four safety features in the gun Mehserle used that would have prevented the weapon from accidentally being shot.

Oscar Grant Took Photo of Mehserle Holding Taser Gun

Minutes before he was killed, Oscar Grant used his sister’s cell phone to take a photo of BART cop Johannes Mehserle holding and pointing his Taser at him.

No Black Jurors In Oscar Grant Trial, But It Might Not Matter Anyway

The 18 jurors in the Oscar Grant trial–six are alternates–have been selected, and none of them are Black. News of the jury’s racial composition has angered community members and the Grant family. “It feels like we already have lost,” Traci Cooper, a friend of the Grant family, told KTVU.

BART Cop Mehserle's Defense: Push Race to the Sidelines

Judge Robert Perry will rule soon on two motions filed by Mehserle’s attorney Michael Rains, who is trying to keep jurors from hearing about an exchange between another BART cop and Oscar Grant minutes before Mehserle shot 22-year-old Grant

Oscar Grant Jurors Asked, Can You Overlook Race?

A selection of 200 potential jurors for the trial of former BART officer Johannes Mehserle were interviewed for this week and asked to fill out a 14-page survey asking them about their attitudes on race and police.