LOS ANGELES (CBS/BCN/AP) – A judge has sentenced a former BART police officer to two years in prison in the shooting death of an unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform.

Johannes Mehserle was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter in the videotaped, New Year’s Day 2009 killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale station.

The incident sparked rioting and widespread protests by those who viewed it as an unjustified killing of a black man by a white police officer.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry had wide discretion Friday when sentencing the 28-year-old Mehserle.

Prosecutors sought prison time for Mehserle, whose lawyers argued for probation.

Mehserle testified during the trial that he thought Grant had a weapon and decided to shock him with his stun gun but instead pulled his .40-caliber handgun. Grant was unarmed and face down when he was shot.

Listen to KCBS’ Interview with Legal Analyst Steven Clark:

Earlier, Grant’s family urged the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter.  Four of Grant’s relatives and his fiancee pleaded with Perry to order Mehserle to prison for 14 years.

mehserle protests Mehserle Gets 2 Year Sentence In Killing Of Oscar Grant

Protestors rally outside a Los Angeles courthouse Friday where former BART officer Johannes Mehserle was being sentenced in the shooting death of Oscar Grant.

The family still maintains that it was murder when Mehserle shot Grant as he lay face down on the platform.

Mehserle also spoke, apologizing for a shooting he says was accidental and wasn’t racially motivated.

Before Perry sentenced Mehserle, he first ruled on a motion by Mehserle’s lawyer, Michael Rains, asking that Mehserle be granted a new trial. That motion was denied.

The trial was moved to Los Angeles due to concerns about the extensive media coverage in the Bay Area.

Listen to KCBS’ Interview with U.C. Hastings Law Professor Rory Little:

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums pleaded for peace in reaction to a judge’s decision to sentence Johannes Mehserle to two years in prison.

Dellums said he understands the anger, hurt and disappointment following Friday’s sentencing for the white former transit officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

However, he said he hopes that people will express their emotions “in a manner that is nonviolent, in a manner that is nondestructive to our community.”

Police Chief Anthony Batts said officers are monitoring for possible unrest, but so far there have been no reports of disturbances. He said officers intend to remove anyone who’s behaving dysfunctionally in a crowd.

Dozens of people were gathering after the sentencing announcement outside Oakland City Hall at a rally billed as a tribute for victim Oscar Grant.

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Comments (178)
  1. Big G says:

    Free him!!!

    1. Manny Silva says:

      Why the hell is CBS5 perpetuating racism in the first paragraph of this article…. Promoting more riots???

      1. MMM says:

        I so agree!!!! there just giving some the excuse to loot the stores and trash our streets!!! in the name of justice i might add!

      2. The Bone says:

        Because they are idiots and need things to report on. Good Lord, we don’t want to be non racially biased on the Bay Area do we??

      3. Tim says:

        This is the first sentence: A judge has sentenced a white former BART police officer to two years in prison in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform.

        Maybe it should read this way: A judge has sentenced a former uniformed BART police officer to two years in prison in the accidetial shooting death of an unarmed criminal suspect on an Oakland train platform.

        Maybe the facts would look better than a provocative editorial statement.

      4. Tim says:

        Thank you for fixing that CBS. The new wording is a lot more objective. I was wondering why this page was unavailable for the last few minutes.

      5. douglas says:

        Truth hurts does it?

        How often do you see a white kid being shot in cold blood while he lays face down on the cement and 5-6 cops are restraining him/standing near by?

      6. Manny Silva says:

        To Tim – I was curious about the same, they must have received many complaints.

      7. Manny Silva says:

        Douglas – I do not in any way believe this was a raciest situation… I do however think it was a horrific accident…. my personal opinion.

      8. Tim says:

        Douglas, there is no evidence whatsoever that race has anything to do with this case except for irresponsible politically motivated people who want to play this case for their own agenda.

  2. zaq says:

    What the hell is a rent-a-cop doing with a handgun?

    1. Will in the Bay says:

      ever been to Oakland?

    2. Robert says:

      Mehserle wasn’t a “rent-a-cop”. BART Police officers are exactly the same as OPD or SFPD officers; same training, same responsibilities.

      1. Jim says:

        same training, same responsibilities, less competence

      2. kevin says:

        clearly not the same training…

      3. Wendy says:

        Aww, Training is the key word here isn’t it? Stun gun, real gun, stun gun, real gun??? Police Dept may consider adding a couple more years of “training” before graduation and a REAL GUN. All of you would feel different if it had been YOUR CHILD.

      4. Rachel says:

        And same stupid-ass, swaggering, bully mentality.

    3. zaqurri says:

      Free him to club Fed

    4. John says:

      Never trust any humans!

    5. Duh says:

      Zaq, Go get some education becuase you are clearly a dumb person. Bart police are NOT rent-a-cops. They ARE police officers that have the same exact training that all police have. Go enroll in community college. Please, quickly.

    6. r says:

      zaq- bart police aren’t rent-a-cops. they’re real cops just like any city cop and go through the same training and have the same police powers that city cops have.

      1. Armed says:

        Training? They had to shoot a little kid instead of restraining him. There were five cops in the area. Anyone can be trained to shoot a gun. Real men are trained to use muscle.

      2. steve says:

        actually, real men use their brains

    7. Helen says:

      This Police Officer was called because of a DISTURBANCE on the train, by OSCAR GRANT and his HOODLUM friends. People should be demonstrating in front of the HOOLDUMS homes, and leave innocent people alone. Instead these idiots go out destroying people’s property that had nothing to do with what happened that night. DISGUSTING behaviour. This Officer was on duty, not roaming the streets, causing disturbances like OSCAR GRANT, and his HOODLUM friends did.

  3. California Dan says:

    Shooting an unarmed man in the back was traditionally a hanging offense. What should it be for shooting an unarmed man in the back who is handcuffed and lying on his face? The video shows he was just lying there when shot.

    1. raccoon034 says:

      He was not handcuffed, he was resisting the Police, you sound like another IDIOT, that hae everything all mixed up. These idiots caused a disturbance. He was the one that was putting up the fight, therefore he is responsibile for his own death. How could a man that is handcuffed be on a cellular phone taking pictures. Wake up and smell the coffee!1 This Officer should never have been arrested and put through this hell. He was on doty not roaming the streets, terrorizing people. Just a shame that you and others do not respect the law. Think you can do as you please. Start being civilized and behave in public places. We all live on this planet, and need to feel safe. Be courteous, polite and ind. No matter what color, it applies to all. Stop playing the race card

  4. lottawanna says:

    No matter what the sentence is the thungs anarchists will be out be asshats once again. at the very least Mesherle should get another trial.

    1. George says:

      lottawanna – Us-a you spell-a check.
      Thank-a you.

  5. jaybo says:

    He wasn’t a rent-a-cop. At least pay attention to the facts. And the jury has already determined that it was involuntary manslaughter, not murder, so why keep revisiting that issue?

    1. ladybusdriver92 says:

      @jaybo: The issue of manslaughter vs. murder continues to resurface ater the jury reached a verdict is just like the issue of O.J. Simpson being guilty for murdering his ex-wife, even after the criminal jury found him not guilty. People cannot believe, even after hearing the facts of the story, that this was manslaughter and not murder. Just like people are still not accepting the O.J. Simpson criminal verdict over a decade+ later.

      1. Sexiismiles says:

        @ladybusdriver92 – Exactly, very well put.

        I for one believe that is wasn’t accidental and that he knew exactly what he was doing. If there is true justice to be served the feds will pick up the case. What most people don’t know is true he was with a group of friends on bart. True the group, got into a fight on bart, Not true was that he was part of the fight, What is true is that he was trying to break up the fight. How do I know. I was a passenger on the train that night. I did not, nor do I know the grant family personally. But I do know and can relate to what they are going true and the lose they are feeling.

        I just hope and pray that the Grant family can eventually heal and move forward.

  6. Race-Rowdy-Rick says:

    I wonder what this would all be about if the officer happened to be black… I’m thinking his being white is a lot of what all the fuss is about. Who’s really playing the race card here??

    1. Sexiismiles says:

      @Race-Rowdy-Rick: I so totally agree with your statement. I am a white woman and I believe had the officer been black and Oscar Grant been White. He would be serving a life sentence.

      1. kevin says:

        I am an African-American man I believe it would still be a huge issue because it still hits back to the bottom line of blacks feeling that cops (white, black, whatever) are allowed to perpetrate various crimes upon them and get away with it because of the inherent suspicion that “the black guy must have been doing something wrong”. I think Mehserle being white clearly muddles the issue. But at heart it’s a police vs. blacks issue much more than a white vs. black.

    2. ladyfred says:

      It’s not about race….Those are two young lives. Over acting is over acting and if your a police officer you know that the taser gun use is being abuse. anything with giver power to Man will come with abuse.
      That’s the point.
      Both young lives has rotted.
      Mothers are crushed. shaking my head….

  7. A Mother says:

    What if this were your son, unarmed, face down on the ground and shot in the back and killed while pleading for his life, what would YOU then recommend at sentencing?

    1. A Reasonable Thinker says:

      If he were my son, he wouldn’t be in that situation in the first place.

      1. Yeah Right says:

        You sound like one of those parents who THINK they know everything their child is up to

      2. Sexiismiles says:

        @ A Reasonable Thinker: There is no way for you to know your statement to be true. I have sons and I know that one day they are going to do something they weren’t raised to do. But that is life. All you can do as a parent is teach your children right from wrong and hope that they don’t stray to far off the path and get lost for the rest of their lives.

        Peace, hope, and healing to the Grant Family. – Amen!

    2. td says:

      The kid should have been home taking care of his kids and not out causing trouble or in that prediciment..
      Hey I feel sorry his family and his kids, but somestimes you put self in bad spots and bad things happen… Proper upbringing comes into in question..

      1. kevin says:

        td, putting yourself on Bart on New Year’s (like thousands of others) is not putting yourself in a bad spot. Or if it is, then many more people should have gotten arrested and shot in the back on that day!

      2. Mike says:

        Kevin, You really don’t know the story so do us a favor and read what happened rather then act like it was nothing. This thug was not just “in a bad spot”. He and his thug friends were HARASSING AND THREATING people. HELLO!! There are plenty of people that were out that night to have a good time. He and his friends had other plans and that was to break the law. When will people wake up and stop blaming everyone else. You need to be accountable for your actions. Plain and simple.

      3. ladyfred says:

        td, same goes for meserhele. bad things happens.
        bad day for both young men.

    3. a bart passenger says:

      My son would never be in that situation, the young man and his friends
      were kicking butt on the train and the police was called, probably by
      the same people that later turned on the officers. If you are involved in
      situations that need police intervention bad things are bound to happen

    4. Dr. Beeper says:

      Since its clearly and accident. I pose this question. What if you were driving down the street your kids screaming in the back seat distracting you and you ran a red light and killed a pedestrian merely walking across the street? Should you be sentences to 14 years. This officer was dealing with a fight on a train where the person calling said that there was handguns seen. How distracting might that be and lets be real. Grant is not an innocent victim in this. He was involved in the altercation, he was not being completely cooperative, and had priors for violence. This is an accident and should be treated as such.

      1. td says:

        Perfect analisys…

      2. BK from the Bay says:

        not really the best example due to the fact that bart police are put through training for these types of situations. When I took my driving exam there was no distractions going on as part of the test or”training”. To me your example is void. As bart police officer you are trained to know the difference between a gun and a stun gun. If you dont know the difference or you dont know the location of each on your own belt, than the academy has failed. GUILTY. Justice system has failed.

    5. opleez says:

      A Mother, Obviously you do not have children because you would know that it is a parents job to teach and nuture their children to be good lay obeying citizens. This thug Oscar was a lifelong criminal and he hadn’t been harrassing and threatening people on bart, none of this would of happened. He choose his own destiny. He is now rotting in the hot hot place.

    6. megan says:

      A Mother, Obviously you do not have children because you would know that it is a parents job to teach and nuture their children to be good lay obeying citizens. This thug Oscar was a lifelong criminal and he hadn’t been harrassing and threatening people on bart, none of this would of happened. He choose his own destiny. He is now rotting in the hot hot place

    7. George says:

      To “A Mother”: He was not pleading for his life – he was resisting arrest. That is why Officer Mehserle went to pull out his stun gun. Facts need to be presented accurately.

  8. Bay Bizness says:

    Lets make this short and simple. When you shoot a man in the back and KILL HIM, purposely or not, you should be punished. Nuff said.

    1. A Reasonable Thinker says:

      That doesn’t take into account a whole bunch of other factors. When you’re in the line of duty, you may in fact kill someone.

      1. td says:

        Exactly… Hey if a cop says lay down on the ground or get of of the car with hands up, you just might want to obey.. They are serious it ain’t like Momma’s gonna give you a spankn’

    2. a bart passenger says:

      He has, 2 years

    3. Sexiismiles says:


  9. ladybusdriver92 says:

    @jaybo: The issue of manslaughter vs. murder continues to resurface ater the jury reached a verdict is just like the issue of O.J. Simpson being guilty for murdering his ex-wife, even after the criminal jury found him not guilty. People cannot believe, even after hearing the facts of the story, that this was manslaughter and not murder. Just like people are still not accepting the O.J. Simpson criminal verdict over a decade+ later.

  10. ladybusdriver92 says:

    @Bay Bizness: Your thoughts are my sentiments. Right on point

  11. td says:

    What was the you ng doing hanging around and fighting on the BART train that late at night anyway, why wasn’t he home taking care of his kids??
    What if it was a Black cop that shot a White young man would there be this big of fuss…??

    1. A Reasonable Thinker says:

      Exactly. No, there wouldn’t.

      1. JB says:

        and if it was a white kid?

      2. JB says:

        Sorry – misread the first part. Forget the first comment. In regards to “why wasn’t he home taking care of his kids??”, it was New Year’s Eve and he was out having fun…lots of parents do that. I don’t think judging him as a father is pertinent at all. Of all the valid arguments I’ve heard on both sides, that’s pretty weak.

    2. Har says:

      first of all… hundreds of thousands of parents go out on new years, and leave their children with sitters or family members. ther eis nothing wrong with that, so your arguing that point, is moot..

      secondly, race it not an issue. it does not matter if it was on purpose or accident, or if the kid was white or black, or yellow. This person was shot while face down. regardless of his backround, which they knew nothing about. reglardless if it was an accident or intentional…. he still shot him, while he was face down….

  12. Wonder Eng says:

    Question: Why were those cops on the platform anyway? Was there something going on in the BART train? I hope we don’t have any violence in the streets today… What if someone makes another mistake and kills another “respectable” thug?? Oh no!

  13. td says:

    What an innocent person gets hurt in the stupid stuff going on..
    Yeah proves a lot to destroy Oakland.. May learn something and OBEY the Frickin’ law and stay out of trouble and go to school..

  14. md says:

    If he had just sat there and did what the officers were telling him to do instead of fighting back this wouldn’t have happened. I’m tired of people thinking that they are “entitled” and not having to obey the law.

    1. Jim says:

      RE: Oscar Grant – So he was a jerk. He was disrespectful to an officer, possibly defied his orders and did not act appropriately in that situation. He did not deserve to be shot!

      RE: Mehserle – He sought and earned the responsibility to carry a gun in public and use it if necessary. Along with that responsibility should come all the consequences of using it inappropriately. Whether or not you think the shooting was intentional or not, it was undoubtedly an inappropriate use of a firearm. Can’t we all at least agree on that? There should be serious consequences for that error in judgment no matter the victim.

    2. TheRealMD says:

      How could he “sit there” when he is face down with a cops knee on his head?

  15. Taxpayer says:

    Mehserle…is my Hero! A true crime fighter in blue.

    Get over it and move on.

    1. The Lip says:

      If he is your hero, you are in need of help. No way is his actions justified. He is doing two years

    2. TOM T says:


  16. a concerned citizen who lives in Oaklland says:

    Should’t we feel sorry for all the people who were murdered in Oakland? Who did this?

    1. td says:

      You are Dang Right…

  17. RR says:

    Can you please stop announcing on your tv scroll that he got the minimum sentence of 2 years instead of 14? I live in Oakland and we need the press to help save our city from more vandalism. There are plenty of peaceful protesters, but you making this sound sensational is making our city worse – please stop instigating!

    1. td says:

      But hey the ratings won’t be as high… Tells you where the media comes from Huh..??

  18. Bay Bizzness says:

    3 words: License to Kill

  19. Tim says:

    The root cause of this incident is a youth culture that accepts violence as a way of life. There was a fight on the train. There was a fight with the police. Now, we can expect more violence in the streets of Oakland.

    My message to the supporters of Oscar Grant is to get an education, learn how to live without violence, and join the civilized society that most of enjoy in peace.

    1. Lola says:

      Perfectly said Tim.

    2. CEO22 says:

      I’m an Oscar Grant supporter and I have an MBA, so stick your recommendation where the sun doesn’t shine. Mehserle is a murderer and will get his… Oh, yeah, I’m also white.

      1. Randy Fleming says:

        WOW!…Talk about ‘bleeding heart liberal’…cardiac tamponade.

    3. Randy Fleming says:

      Yes , I agree and this incident is part and parcel of the fuel that’s been thrown on the right wing , reactionary fire of the ‘Tea Party’ movement , unfortunately. Whether they acknowledge it or not. Oscar Grant and others like him have been the catalyst.

  20. noneya says:

    What?? he should of got NO prison time. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mehserle. HE IS A HERO!

    1. angry says:

      “Really? your not embarrased by your comment? do you know what a hero is?

  21. Marci says:

    Tim is a wise man. I completely agree with him. THANK YOU

  22. Devin says:

    With time served he is getting just over a year. I’m glad he didn’t kill a dog because the punishment would’ve been alot stiffer as a dogs life is more important according to the courts. Meanwhile Ben Rothlisberger can rape women and get no punishment over than paid leave. This is definitely your country and we are here solely for entertainment and to be made examples of

  23. alice says:

    Totally agree with the sentencing on this. For once the courts got it right.

  24. angry says:

    when will they recognize that he MEANT to tase A MAN HANCUFFED AND FACE DOWN!!!!! what we really need to fight for is that police dont use tasers all the time this woukld have never happened. there should be strict regulations when they should be able to use them.

    1. Tim says:

      He was not handcuffed — that was the problem. He was resisting.

      1. Armed2theGills says:

        There were five cops around and they could not keep a young man from resisting without shooting him in the back? Sounds like a bunch of pansies to me.

  25. Bay Bizzness says:

    Tim is a shletered whiteboy who proably hasn’t been exposed to a drop of culture. One thing to keep in mind is that police brutality occurs all of the time EVERYWHERE!

    Get an education? You’re a clown. Additionally, I think a lot of people are supporters of “justice” and not just Grant. There is definitely a right and a wrong. That has nothing to do with education or living in a civilized society.

  26. Devin says:

    Tim, Minority youth are not the only ones who fight and get in trouble. They are just the only ones that you hear about because it makes for good TV. Education is free and school costs. Everything that blacks have learned in this country is by way of the violence and uncivilized behavior of the police and gov’t of this country. Pls don’t be so self righteous and forget that violence and uncivilized behavior on behalf of white people is what formed this country and made into what it is today

    1. Tim says:

      You brought race into this, not me. I stated that “The root cause of this incident is a youth culture that accepts violence as a way of life”, and I stand by that.

      If you want to stop the violence, then you need to change the culture.

      Should violence be accepted as a way of life?

  27. Dan says:

    Mike Vick was sentenced to four years for killing dogs. What this sentence says is that a young black man’s life is worth less than a dog.

  28. Devin says:

    A dogs life by the precidence the courts have laid out are more important than a black man or woman’s life. Only a white man is more important than a dogs life. America truly is the country for white folks for those of that don’t know it. They can do no wrong. Even shooting a unarmed, cuffed and subdued man on the ground doesn’t warrant a fitting punishment. And you wonder why the rest of the world either laughs at us or hates us.

  29. Meli Mel says:

    If Oscar Grant would have been with his daughter and family instead of being out that night acting like a straight up thug, then he would have still been alive. Mehserle needs to be set free. But I am glad he only got 2 years.

    1. SHAGGY says:

      I completey agree with you Meli Mel

  30. Mrvideobba says:

    I think a fine upstanding citizen who doesn’t terrorize BART passengers wouldn’t be lying face down on a BART platform. Take responsibility for your actions people.

  31. Just saying says:

    If the punk ass would have stayed calm and not acted like a fool, none of this would have happened. He didn’t deserve to be shot in the back but he could have done a lot to quell the situation. I think they share responsibility.

  32. Xdreamartist says:

    fatal flaw in argument: You have to flip the safety off before firing. This cop murdered and unarmed man while he was lying face down with his hands handcuffed behind his back.

    1. Rod says:

      Most hand guns do not have a “safety” as you think they do. They have internal safeties that keep the weapon from firing accidentally from bumping and so on. You put your hand on a Glock trigger and it only takes a very light pull to make the weapon go off.

  33. Devin says:

    This was to be expected as I’ve seen this show many times. Cops, I mean white cops do not get convicted of the fitting crime and are not sentenced appropriately if at all. That is a fact.

  34. Archie Bunker says:

    Let me know what time the riot starts in Croakland tonight! What a bunch of crybies, I’m just sad that Oscar Grant’s family cries for anarchy. I don’t care what they claim, anybody riots, that’s anarchy and that’s not justice.

  35. John says:

    This is so sad.

    In 1992 it took a couple of days or rioting to get the attention of the government to properly bring 4 officers to trial.

    I know that most of the businesses in Oakland had nothing to do with htis and don’t deserve what will happen tonight. However, I really feel like Mr. Grant’s family did everything correctly and went thru the system and it is pretty clear that the system has failed. It really is up to the people in all all comunities to get together and make it right. Appently letter writting and peacefull rallies do not work. It might be time to express how fed up we are with our system, by another medium.

    I can only pray a federal procesutor gets on the air and tells everyone to calm down, and that the Federal government will get involved and will seek an additional conviction on federal laws before the citiy is destroyed tonight.

    1. xxx says:

      Perhaps letter writing would work better if you used a proofreader!!

  36. E N says:

    “A judge has sentenced a white former BART police officer to two years in prison in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform.”

    White former Bart officer? I think we know who he is by now. I don’t think we need
    to fired up everyone to remind us that he is “white”,

    And we wonder why there’s so much rasist hatred among us all , it’s all these damned media that keeps feeding us all the negativity!

    All we want is justice to be served appropriately, that’s all!


  37. Devin says:

    The biggest thugs wear 3 piece suits and work for the gov’t in congress, the house and the white house. Those are the most violent thugs ever but we dont want to go there because they are white and college educated and “civliized”.

    1. a dose of reality says:

      and elected.

    2. Duh says:

      Poor Devin. You are truly Disillusioned.

    3. Rod says:

      You do realize the President of the Untied States is a “black” man don’t ya?

    4. FlameThrower says:

      It’s true Devin. The Mexican Cartels bought the Prop 19 election as you can tell by the 30 tones they let get busted the next day. The cartels know that Americans can be bought now. (The general perception before was that they could not be bought.) Where do you think all the “Private” money came from? Time to get the revolution ball rolling….

  38. Meli Mel says:

    Do you really think a white cop would shoot a black man in Oakland on purpose in front of witnesses? Come on now…It was an accident. But if Oscar would have acted like a “normal” citizen, this would have never happened. It’s really sad that the people from Oakland have to board up their community because of thugs like Oscar Grant.

  39. Luke Chung says:

    Two years for killing an unarmed New Year’s celebrant with a handgun…so much for the American justice system’s sense of equality under the law!

  40. JOHN says:


  41. Devin says:

    Meli Mel – accident or not. he shot a subdued unarmed suspect and killed him. That is murder, accident or not. So now Grant is not a normal citizen? if he was white and causing trouble he would probably be normal then. I get it. If he wouldn’t have been shot while subdued on the ground this wouldn’t have happened. So what is the definition of a thug to other than being black? The biggest thugs wear 3 piece suits and work for the gov’t in congress, the house and the white house. Those are the most violent thugs ever but we dont want to go there because they are white and college educated and “civliized”.

    1. Rod says:

      What makes him a thug is that he and all his friends on the platform that night were confirmed violent gang members. Grant himself did time for a gun crime if I recall and he was most likely going back to jail for socializing with gang members. He knew that and that is why he resisted and that is why the cops were not messing around with him.

      Again I ask, do you realize the President is a black man? Think before you make accusations.

  42. KA says:

    First, the media has turned this into a racial circus. Printing a white cop kills and unarmed blackman, come on. Second, why don’t they tell people they cops were called because he and his pals were robbing people on the train. Why you ask? Because that doesn’t sell news, that makes people look at this in a different lighgt. Third, If the cop wanted to MURDER him he would have done it in a back ally somewhere not in front of tons of people on a busy holidays. Or why didn’t they tell you he had been arrested before for assulting a police office while carrying a gun then too? Instead he has been turned into a hero. Fourth, where is the media for the four white cops shot by a armed blackman who was a parolee? There isn’t any, because that doesn’t sell news. And he was made out to be a man who was trying to change his life. Normally people don’t drive around with a semi-automatic weapon on them.

  43. Devin says:

    John – You are correct. It has lived forever and will live forever. That is ther most hinest and truthul statement in a while. White folks can do whatever they want and get away with it. And there is equal treatment and fair opportunity for all. I don’t think so

  44. Michael Jackson says:

    So, why did this guy end up on the ground with a bunch of cops over him in the first place? Because he was black or because he was doing something that warranted such treatment. Think about it. We’re not in 1950’s anymore.

  45. Audrey says:

    I can hardly work I am so angry! When will police officers actually be held accountable for their actions. My heart goes out to the Grant family. This could have been my brother! 2 years!!! Is that really all his soul is worth in the judges eyes. He leaves behind a small child and a broken family!! *Tears*

    1. Armed2theGills says:

      It’s OK Audrey, don’t cry. When the revolution comes, we will be able to settle the score. Until then, we must endure. Peace to you.

    2. Rod says:

      How many people have him and his gang killed. Do you care for those people?

  46. John says:

    I know, spell checker has made me lazzzzy. I find it interesting that the first criticism in a written post on an argument is spelling, rather than the merits of the argument or idea.

    Nevertheless I apologize you did not understand what I was conveying because of all the serious grammatical errors.
    Given the audience reading this and half will be throwing bottles filled with gas in a few hours, and the other half obvious racists, I suspect they do not mind a few miss-spellings

    1. HankyPanky says:

      Oh yes we mind. Makes us feel someone stupid wrote it…

  47. KA says:

    Lastly I feel sorry for the people of Oakland, because ultimately the good people of that town will pay for the media and all their hype. They have just put innocent people, police officers, fireman, EMS and shop owners in harms way. For what? Selling newspapers and media coverage. They should have to pay for all costs that are accured because of rioting or vandalizum. Not the business owns of downtown Oakland or anywhere else.

    Don’t forget that that young man has to live with this for the rest of his life. He killed a man on accident, no matter what type of man the victim was, he still has to go to bed every night thinking about that.

    1. ladyfred says:

      Oakland is known for being outspoken. Attention is needed where it is needed. My parent s lived through the sixties and 70’s of oakland color wars. This is just how Oakland works! As a child i remember making those boxes of free food for the communities that needed them.
      believe it or NOT but merserhele and Grant misfortune will save lives in the future. Maybe have already done so.

  48. LadyFred says:

    I earned an “A’ in my communications class this past summer. I researched taser gun usage and found that there is a abuse problem going on. I do belive that Mesherele and Grant were both dealt a bad hand. Both young both have mothers but the real problem is being over looked. No sides taken by me but this thing needs to be revisited on the terms of how safe is the taser. Especially when they can be used on childern and seniors. you can blame oscar all you want but his mother can always watch his last breathe on film. meserhele knows his motivation and he will live with it for the rest of his life. God Bless…i am a taxpayer too ! and Meli Mel you must be 16 yrs old.

  49. George says:

    Whice I feel sorry for the Grant family, if he was such a family man, why wasn’t he home in the first place. They try to mark him out to be a saint, when in reality, he was just a young immature punk

  50. MMM says:


  51. JT says:

    Free him so the citizens can deliver sentencing…..that would be true justice. Another white man getting away with killing a Black man in the name of :the law.” This situation is no different than when they were killing us during slavery. He probably won’t live to see the next few years….

    1. raccoon034 says:

      You are a RACIST!! You sound more like a MURDERER. the Officer was on duty and called in as these HOOLIGANS were causing a disturbance on the train and fighting. Also, Oscar Grant should have surrendered, instead he put up a fight. This had nothing to do with race, only to do with HOODLUMS, that was misbehaving and terrorizing everyone on the train. Look at this picture clearly, before making remarks. You are the one that is RACIST. This was an accident.

  52. ladyfred says:

    Mike, Grant suppose to be dead. Your missing the point. Both young men didn’t do a good job of handling themselves that day.
    Anyway, your not Meserhele and you are not in his head. he will live with this for the rest of his life.
    just a bad card deal.taser abuse still lives

  53. A. Andrade says:

    He is safer in prison. Someone is going to kill him. Mark my words.

  54. ladyfred says:

    Mike, Grant suppose to be dead. Your missing the point. Both young men didn’t do a good job of handling themselves that day.

    Anyway, your not Meserhele and you are not in his head. he will live with this for the rest of his life.

    just a bad card deal.taser abuse still lives

    1. Mike says:

      Wow ladyfred, You are truly disallusioned and I do not believe for one second that you are educated. Read the entire story before commenting on Taser guns. THIS CASE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TASER GUNS. HELLO. Stop smokin the goja

  55. MMM says:

    OMG! were u a slave! so so silly!!! i hope u dont have any kids to pass down such stupidity!

  56. zak says:

    If I was cop, and I wanted to commit murder, in front of 100s of people, do you really think I’m going to shoot someone in the back and risk they live?! No, I’m going to shoot you in the head to make my point, then shoot you 3 more times to make sure you’re dead.

  57. yobama says:

    FREE MR. MEHSERLE!!! He did nothing wrong.

  58. Luke says:

    ladyfred, You sound like an old lady that never leaves her house. Just sits at home watching TV all day and night. Go outside and get some fresh air.

  59. CopsSuck says:

    That judge just painted more targets on the backs of cops… way to go justice system!

  60. Ahawk4Golf says:

    This is such a terrible event. I can only start to feel the pain Mr Grant’s family has had to endure.

    I have one question to bring up. Lets say that Mesherle did grab his taser instead. With Grant handcuffed and on the ground, wouldn’t that be excessive force being used? I mean if he thought he had a weapon, why wouldn’t he just ask for assistance from fellow officers that were there, to search him?

    Mesherle’s reasoning sounds to have truth, but still leaves doubt in many peoples minds

  61. Jonesy says:

    Maybe if blacks would stop committing crimes at such a frequent pace cops would start to back off. There’s a reason there’s prejudice there. It starts and ends with you guys.

    1. jj says:

      and maybe police officers sould be held accountable for their actions and maybe the justice system should be colorblind…

  62. M&m says:


  63. jj says:

    ridiculous….the American criminal “justice” system failed again….

  64. lambchop says:

    Attorney Burris will incite as much violent emotion as possible tonight to enhance his various lawsuits Oakland will suffer because of greed not any higher purpose

  65. Mark says:

    Unbelievable! The system has failed; the only justice left to the people is street justice. Mehserle AND that useless, racist judge will have to look over their shoulders for the rest of their God-forsaken lives. Trashing your own city won’t help anything. If you must be enraged, direct your rage at those who deserve it, not more innocent victims!

  66. Communications101 says:

    Bad, bad, journalism! The very first paragraph is incomplete. Let me help.

    A WHITE judge has sentenced a white former BART police officer to two years in prison in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an BIRACIAL Oakland train platform.


  67. HankyPanky says:

    Wrong! Oakland will suffer because a cop shot an unarmed man in the back.

  68. George says:

    I have never seen so may one sided people in my life. Slavery – get over it. I am so tired of the remarks like “whitey” did this or that and I’m not even white! When do individuals take responsibilites for their own actions. Like I said before, OSCAR WAS A THUG! not the goody two shoes everyone is making him out to be. Black, white, green, red, when you want a cop, you know you’ll dial 911

  69. CHOLE says:


  70. George says:

    My friend, I was born in Oakland, and am proud of it. I may not talk like I have mush in my mouth, and don’t dwell on the fact the my dad left us when I was eight, My mother made sure we were educated, hung with the right crowd, and didn;t live and make excuses for what we didn’t have growing.

  71. Giant George says:

    There is no way it wasn’t murder

  72. ShutUp says:

    “Dozens of people were gathering after the sentencing announcement outside Oakland City Hall at a rally billed as a tribute for victim Oscar Grant.” The rally will commence with the looting of any and every retail establishment within the city limits, followed by violence, arson, street fighting, resisting arrest, and culminating with gun fire and death. A fitting tribute indeed.

  73. Randy Fleming says:

    This is to placate ‘minorities’ and assuage the guilt of elite ‘white liberals’. It was very clear that the shooting was accidental. This is a ‘white lynching’. Should make our new A.G. , K. Harris , ‘wet down there’.

  74. Steve says:

    If Grant hadn’t been acting up, none of this could have happened. It’s on him.
    Nobody in that community will see that. Accountability is not important there. Only the search for someone to blame everything on matters

  75. Bo says:

    When are the Silverback follies gonna start??

  76. derek nelson says:

    I’m only 13, but I really think the guy should get a wayy longer sentence. Sure, it was an accident, but, still, he killed a person.

  77. Rayburn says:

    Grant was a human turd on parole from prison less than 3 months when he got drugged-up and involved in a violent New Years Eve fight.

    He certainly won’t be missed by anyone except other human turds.

    2 years is excessive punishment.

  78. austin clark says:

    trials like this anger me because you have an innocent black man who commited a small crime and he is killed by a bart cop after being restrained. how can he fight back if he is tied up. it breaks my heart seeing this because im 17 myself and i dont want to end up in a situation like this being no harm to no one

  79. dani says:

    Please….there are two families who are and have suffered. Please dont let there be any more suffering from riots after this sentencing. Especially when most of them are instigated by people who are not local and do not have any interest in what is going on – jsut using an excuse to cause trouble.

    Also, there are a lot of you who are bad mouthing the police. So – who do you call when yourselves or your property are threatened? 911? Well, then all I want to say is – can you spell hypocrit?

  80. David says:

    What is terrible is how the thugs will use this incident to loot, riot, and harm the innocent over a verdict that they really have no personal connection to. It is just an excuse for pieces of trash to show their true colors.

    Lets break into a Foot Locker and steal some shoes, that will show them this decision was wrong and honor the dead.

    Not to mention all the protesters that are there only to be apart of something and get attention. 95% of them wouldn’t be there if Oscar was white or Hispanic. They just need a cause to get out and try and get the spotlight put on them.

  81. rowan says:

    He made a mistake. People of all colors should know how to behave in all public places.

  82. santarosaozzy says:

    I got 4 years for a stolen car , … Is a human life worthy so much less ….

    ozzyguy / Santa Rosa

  83. Rufus says:

    If my great-grandfather could have seen this stuff, I’ll bet he’d have picked his own cotton.

    1. Steve says:

      You chose to steal a car. Grant CHOSE to have the run in with the law. Again. No whining when your choices don’t work out for you. Suck it up and be accountable.

  84. Armed says:

    Useless trash in the streets tonight… Lock & load…

  85. old hippie mother says:

    This whole thing is b.s. The only trade that the majority of balcks would have been happy with with Mehserle’s head on a pike! We will never have racial equality.

  86. Don says:

    I don’t get why these idiots always seem to think they have to approve this sentence and things like it. Ignorant trash. It’s not up to you to approve of anything. Mind your own business.

  87. BDJ says:

    As a thoughtful black man. I feel very bad for J Mehserle and his family. I feel compassion for the Grant family, but I wish their spokespeople and their lawyer, John Burris, would behave more civilly. This was a tragic accident and both families should mourn together and peacefully. All the rece-bating is inappropriate.

  88. ShutUp says:

    This one goes out to the City of Oakland tonight. Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil: “Just as every cop is a criminal and all the sinners saints. As heads is tails just call me Lucifer cause I’m in need of some restraint.”

  89. The Big Wazoo says:

    That big mouthed Cephus Johnson should shut his pie-hole. that suit he bought with the settlement money doesn’t automatically give him credibility. None of the family have any business passing judgement on anything but heir own feelings. They no nothing about the legal system, only about being on the wrong end of it.

  90. CAIN says:


  91. BDJ says:

    Correction: As a thoughtful black man. I feel very bad for J Mehserle and his family. I feel compassion for the Grant family, but I wish their spokespeople and their lawyer, John Burris, would behave more civilly. This was a tragic accident and both families should mourn together and peacefully. All the RACE-bating is inappropriate

  92. dgpound says:

    wonder where all you “protesters” are every single day when there is black on black crime in oakland. ill tell you, nowhere, because in the end you could care less about oscar grant or anyone else. you just use this as your crutch to use racism to your advantage.

    blacks on black kill each other every day in oakland and you “protesters” are nowhere to be found, but a black criminal (yes, as much as you dont want to admit it, oscar grant was a career criminal) gets killed by a white cop and the idiot somehow because a “good father” a “good son” and a martyr

    what an absolute joke.

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