OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A vigil will be held Tuesday to remember Oscar Grant III, who was fatally shot 10 years ago by a BART police officer.
The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fruitvale BART station, where the 22-year-old Hayward man was shot on New Year’s Day in 2009.READ MORE: Prosecutors: San Jose Flooring Company Owner Charged With Wage Theft; Workers Owed Nearly $1M In Overtime
Speakers, poets, artists, community leaders, activists, lawyers and educators at the vigil will join family and friends. The Oscar Grant Foundation, led by Grant’s mother Wanda Johnson, is hosting the event.READ MORE: State Lawmakers Vote Down Bill That Would Phase Out Fracking In California
Former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle said he meant to use his Taser stun gun instead of the service revolver he used to shoot Grant on the platform of the Fruitvale station shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2009.
Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison. He was released from custody in 2011.MORE NEWS: Bay Area Homelessness Regional Action Plan Announced; Seeks To House 75% Of Homeless By 2024
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