Grant Family Doesn't Buy Mehserle's Apology

OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)- The family of Oscar Grant spoke out Saturday about the involuntary manslaughter verdict in the Johannes Mehserle murder trial.  They also addressed the former BART officer’s letter to them, about the killing of the young man from Hayward.

Grant’s uncle says the family, doesn’t consider the letter, a “real apology”.

Standing alongside faith-based leaders in Oakland, Grant’s Uncle Cephus Johnson said the letter was phony and timed to get a sympathetic response from the court prior to sentencing.

 “This is a letter that was purposely designed to influence the judge as well as the jurors to bring about what he got,” said Johnson.  “Sadly to say, we’re not buying it as a letter of apology to us, and the public does not believe it as we don’t,” added Johnson.

Johnson told reporters and churchgoers at the True Vine Baptist church that the family has been strategizing toward federal civil rights prosecution of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, who was convicted last Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the New Year’s Day 2009 killing of the unarmed Grant on a BART platform.

“So let it be clear that the Department of Justice will get involved in this case,” Johnson said reassuringly.  

As for the damage to the 100 Oakland businesses following the verdict Thursday night, Oakland Minister Keith Muhammad said certain actions are permissible.

“When justice is not served there is an anger that God permits in the heart of those who have suffered injustice,” claimed Muhammad.

Oscar Grant’s mother Wanda Johnson was present at the news conference but chose not to speak.

  • cb

    What is it really going to take for the Grant family to move on with their lives? This is just getting worn-out and old. What in the world would make you think that the former officer isn’t being sincere? I understand that its hard to deal with the lose of a loved one, cetainly so when it as horrific as this case. The Grant family is not winning anyone over with the constant media out pouring. Some people would go as far as saying they are getting sick of hearing about it an to move on. That’s what the Grant family needs, they need to accept reality and continue on with their lives. They need to stop making this case the case of public opinion and handle the matter behind closed doors and as a family. Every one can agree that happened, should not have and that it was tragic. Its far been time to stop ranting and raving and to remember the life of Oscar and to move on.

  • AL

    The family ought to apologize to the world for raising a kid who couldn’t know the difference between a boxing ring and a street car. It doesn’t surprise me that they scoff at a the officer’s aplology. As the saying goes, “To err is human. To forgive is divine.” These elements have reduced public transit to a living hell. If he hadn’t been fighting, none of this would have happened. Now the public has to buy them Cadillacs.

  • ShutUp

    The Grant family didn’t deserve an apology from an officer who was unjustly convicted for a crime when all he was doing was his job.

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