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May 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Several witnesses to the fatal train station shooting of an unarmed man in Oakland testified Tuesday that the officer accused of murder looked surprised and shocked after he pulled the trigger. College student Tommy Cross Jr., who digitally recorded the New Year's Day killing, said former Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Johannes Mehserle "looked up and said 'Oh, my God! Oh, my God!' " after the shot rang out.
January 15, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga and Maura Dolan
A former transit police officer seen on video shooting an unarmed man in the back has been charged with murder and could face up to life in prison in a racially tinged case that has sparked outrage and street protests in Oakland. Johannes Mehserle was arrested Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove, Nev., nearly a week after resigning from the Bay Area Rapid Transit District police force in the wake of the New Year's Day shooting death of Oscar J. Grant III, authorities said Wednesday.
June 5, 2009 | Associated Press
A judge ruled Thursday that a former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer should stand trial on murder charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on a train platform. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Don Clay said there was sufficient evidence for Johannes Mehserle to face murder charges in the Jan. 1 shooting of Oscar Grant. Mehserle's defense has contended that he accidentally grabbed his pistol instead of his stun gun when he shot Grant, who was face down. -- Associated Press
January 30, 2009 | associated press
An outside party will take over the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency's investigation of all officers involved in the shooting of an unarmed man at a train station platform, BART officials said Thursday. Oscar Grant, 22, was fatally shot in the back while lying face down at the Fruitvale station early New Year's Day. Alameda County prosecutors have charged former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle with murder. He has pleaded not guilty.
May 27, 2009 | Associated Press
A transit officer said Tuesday that an unarmed man who was fatally shot by another officer at an Oakland train station failed to obey her commands before his death. Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Marysol Domenici testified during the fourth day of a hearing to determine whether former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle will stand trial for murder in the death of Oscar Grant.
June 28, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga
Two and a half years after Oscar Grant III was shot to death by a transit police officer, the Bay Area Rapid Transit district agreed to pay his mother $1.3 million to settle her civil case against the agency and the law enforcement agents involved. Wanda Johnson had sued BART and the officers for $50 million, charging wrongful death and violation of civil rights. Her son, 22, had been traveling home from a New Year’s Eve celebration in San Francisco when a fight broke out in his rail car. The African American supermarket butcher was unarmed and laying face-down on a rail station platform when he was shot by Officer Johannes Mehserle, 29. The white officer said he thought he had pulled his Taser, not his gun. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and released in mid-June after serving 11 months of a two-year sentence.
July 8, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Chicago — Ervin Santana smiled when he could have smirked. He chuckled when he could have cried. The Angels' starter has pitched at least eight innings in each of his last two starts, compiling a 2.76 earned-run average. He's also 0-2 in that span. A pair of stellar starts has been obscured by his team's lingering offensive woes, but a nearly jovial Santana seemed to be making the best of it Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field following the Angels' 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. "I know we're doing our best to score runs," said Santana, who allowed one run in eight innings.
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