Johannes Mehserle, the disgraced BART police officer who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed Oscar Grant III in Oakland on New Year’s Day in 2009, is appealing the involuntary manslaughter conviction so that he might one day carry a gun and badge again. Read More
An Oakland police officer last weekend shot and injured a cousin of Oscar Grant III, who was killed by a BART cop on a train platform in a high-profile incident on New Year’s Day in 2009.Tony Jones, 24, whose mother, Bertrina Works-Grant, is the sister of Grant’s father, suffered a bullet wound to his lower back Sunday night while running from police, his attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said Wednesday. Read More
The BART police officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding homeless man at the Civic Center station last summer “acted lawfully in self-defense,” the District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.In a seven-page report to police Chief Greg Suhr, District Attorney George Gascón wrote that “there appears no reasonable factual or legal basis upon which to charge” Officer James Crowell for the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill on July 3. Read More
Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle and four others were cleared by a federal jury on Thursday of using excessive force during a 2008 confrontation with an Oakland man, sparing the transit agency from a costly payout. Read More
The father of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART officer who fatally shot Oscar Grant and is currently on trial for a separate case of alleged police misconduct, has been banned from attending his son’s latest legal hearings.
Todd Mehserle was barred from the U.S. District Court in San Francisco after he took a photograph of Cephus Johnson — Grant’s uncle — in the court hallway Wednesday, according to lawyers in the case. Taking photos is forbidden in the federal courthouse. Read More
Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court in San Francisco today that he feared an unruly passenger was going to attack another officer and then Mehserle himself in an incident at an Oakland station three years ago."I had no doubt he was going to hit Officer Guanzon on the head," Mehserle testified about the actions of Kenneth Carrethers, 43, of Oakland. Read More
BART’s former police chief testified on Tuesday that Johannes Mehserle and four other police officers committed an “oversight” when they failed to submit a use-of-force memorandum or collect video footage following an incident with an Oakland man who is suing the transit agency. Read More
Only about 40 percent of BART police officers appear to live in any of the 23 cities served by the agency, which critics say is certainly a factor behind the recent conflicts between the force and its passengers.
Of the 102 BART Police Officer Association members whose home address and personal information were recently published by website hackers, just 41 reside in cities with BART service. And the complexion of their hometowns is often quite different from the urban Bay Area. Read More
A parolee considered a person of interest in the recent killing of a pregnant woman in Seattle was fatally shot by Bayview police officers Saturday afternoon after firing at them while fleeing detainment for evading a Muni fare, police Chief Greg Suhr said Sunday. Read More
BART’s police chief said Monday he’s “comfortable” with how officers reacted Sunday when one shot and killed an apparently drunk, weapon-wielding man on the Civic Center station platform.
One of the officers, who BART police Chief Kenton Rainey said feared for their safety, wore a Taser stun gun but did not use it during the one-minute encounter. Rainey said it was still unknown why the officers used lethal force. Read More