Courtroom coverage: OAKLAND & LOS ANGELES--Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the New Year's Day 2009 murder of 22-year old Oscar Grant. Sentencing will take place August 6th.
This post will update with the latest headlines, and you can read on for our previous coverage of the case. We've broken down our previous coverage into the following themes: The Case , Citizen Journalism, Impact, and Protests.
|Posted on July 13, 2010 || |
Business Owners Don't Blame Cops For Their Broken Windows
Oakland's Next Move: A Chess Move
Zumbi Gets Reactions From Downtown Oakland
Posted on July 12, 2010
Awaiting Justice In Mehserle Sentence
Posted on July 9, 2010
Out-Of-Towners Represent Majority of Arrested Protesters
Face Of Slain BART Rider Reappears In Oakland
The Tense Moment Before
Oakland Barbershop Stays Open During Protests
A Night In Pictures- Downtown Oakland After the Verdict
Police, Protesters Clash, Windows Crash in Downtown Oakland
Posted on July 8, 2010
Jean Quan: "At Least...There Will Be Some Time Done"
More Protest Pictures from Downtown Oakland Post-Verdict
Young Woman Hit By Police Car in Downtown Oakland
Downtown Oakland After the Verdict
Residents Evacuate Downtown Oakland
Jehannes Mehserle Verdict
Oscar Grant Murder Trial: Glimpse of Insight?
Oscar Grant Murder Trial: When No News Is Good News
Posted on July 7, 2010
Oscar Grant Murder Trial: Jury Barely Begun
Mehserle Jury Adjourns This Morning
Posted on July 6, 2010
Oscar Grant Murder Trial Judge Worries About "Erroneous" Coverage
Juror Sick - No Verdict In Oscar Grant Trial Today
Posted on July 2, 2010
Renaming Fruitvale BART Sation?
Oscar Grant Jury Deliberating
Oakland Storefronts Post Image of Oscar Grant: Support or Safety?
Police Chief Says Oscar Grant Trial Is Defining Moment For Oakland
Oscar Grant Murder Trial: Mehserle's Defense Finishes Closing Arguments
Morning in the Courthouse [Oscar Grant Case]
Posted on July 1, 2010
L.A. Judge Worries About Trial’s Impact In Oakland
Youth UpRising: Violence Is Not Justice!
Oscar Grant Murder Trial: Prosecution Gives Closing Arguments
Posted on June 30, 2010
|Oscar Grant Case - Mehserle Facing A Range Of Charges |
LOS ANGELES - Was it a tragic accident or a deliberate act of aggression?
That’s the question facing the jury in the trial of Johannes Mehserle, an ex Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accused of murder.
Closing statements are expected Thursday. Mehserle, 28, is on trial for the murder of Oscar Grant III, an unarmed black male.
June 24: Oakland: Road To Riot? Rumors, Speculation Fuel Fear-- OAKLAND-- With a gag order over the murder trial of Johannes Merhserle for the shooting death of Oscar Grant III, speculation and raw disinformation have filled the void to stoke fears of a major riot in Oakland after the announcement of the verdict.
Inside the Courtroom -- Johannes Mehserle Trial Day 8-- LOS ANGELES-- Defense attorney Michael Rains called Alex Hidas as the first witness. Hidas is a San Leandro police officer who tried to arrest Grant during a police stop in 2006. Rains’ opening strategy seems to focus on putting Oscar Grant’s character on trial.
Inside the Courtroom -- Johannes Mehserle Trial Day 7-- LOS ANGELES-- Deputy District Attorney David Stein called several Bart employees to the stand this morning, including the train operator who had transported Oscar Grant and his friends to the Fruitvale Station.
Inside the Courtroom--Johannes Mehserle Trial Day 6-- LOS ANGELES-- Former BART officer Anthony Pirone took the stand on Friday in the case of The People Vs. Johannes Mehserle.
Inside the Courtroom -- Johannes Mehserle Trial Day 5-- LOS ANGELES-- Former BART police officer Marysol Domenici began her testimony on Thursday in the trial of Johannes Mehserle. Domenici was the second officer to arrive at the Fruitvale BART station before Oscar Grant was killed.
A Tale of Two Cities-- Even before you saw the faces of the protestors in Los Angeles, you saw the face of Oscar Grant—it was featured across a big banner. But there was something I noticed immediately: the date of Grant’s death was wrong.
PODCAST: Trial Watch: Inside the Courtroom with King Anyi Howell-- EPISODE THREE: The trial is on break today, giving us a chance to talk with our man inside the court room, King Anyi Howell, about what he's seen in the trial so far.
Inside the Courtroom -- Johannes Mehserle Trial Day 4-- What's interesting is that Judge Perry ruled that no cameras, computers, or audio recorders are allowed in the courtroom to capture the trial of former BART officer Mehserle, who stands trial for the murder of Oscar Grant. But it makes me wonder – if he’s so interested in accurate reporting, why not allow the media one audio recording?
Public Needs to Pay Attention to Mehserle Trial-- In the first few days of Mehserle's trial, the video of Grant's shooting has played repeatedly. It is not an easy thing to make sense of what happened that night and why. It is not an easy thing to sit in court with Grant's family.
PODCAST: Trial Watch Episode Two-- Guest Host Noah Nelson talks with correspondent Denise Tejada in Los Angeles about the trial's developments on Day Four. Including another juror dismissal, sloppy reporting from a major Bay Area news organization and more.
New Videos From The Mehserle Trial-- On Monday community members, kids, students, parents, and community organizations gathered outside the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center to re-enforce their call for justice in the murder case of Oscar Grant III.
Protestors Gather Outside Johannes Mehserle Trial-- Approximately 60 protesters lined the sidewalk Monday morning outside of L.A.'s Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, protesting what some say is a court biased against the family of Oscar Grant, an Oakland man who was shot in 2009.
PODCAST: Trial Watch Episode One-- Host Pendarvis Harshaw talks with correspondent Denise Tejada with updates from the day's events in the murder trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in the shooting death of Oscar Grant.
From Oakland to Los Angeles: A High Profile Trial Begins-- All eyes are on Judge Robert J. Perry’s Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday as opening statements start in a controversial murder trial.
Guide to the Daily Mehserle/Grant Trial Tweet-Chat-- We will be hosting a tweet-chat with reporters and observers of the Johannes Mehserle trial at 12:30 PM PDT every day that court is in session. F.A.Q. within.
Jury Selection Finalized In Former Officer's Murder Trial-- The jury in Mehserle’s trial consists of eight women and four men--seven are white, four are Hispanic, and one is Indian.
Jury Selection Kicks Off in Officer's Murder Trial-- Two hundred potential jurors will be called to the Los Angeles County Courthouse on Wednesday for the first round of jury selection.
Call for Questions: Mehserle Trial/Oscar Grant Case-- What do you want to know about the trial? send us your questions on Twitter @youthradio, or leave them on the wall at the YMI fan Page on Facebook.
Justice For Oscar Grant Continues-- Youth Radio spoke to Rachel Jackson, organizer with the Oakland Assembly and New Year’s Movement for Justice, on the importance of keeping this case alive.
Reports on the shooting, and on the case against former officer Mehserle as it developed.
In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009, chaos erupted at the Fruitvale BART station. After a night of celebration, partygoers were heading home -- including 22-year-old Oscar Grant. BART police were called into the Fruitvale station in response to reports of a fight on a train coming in from San Francisco. Officer Johannes Mehserle was one of the officers restraining the individuals believed to be involved in the fight. While attempting to restrain Oscar Grant, Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. Grant later died at Highland Hospital. Alameda County prosecutors charged Mehserle with murder. He has resigned from his position and pled not guilty. His lawyers say that Mehserle was attempting to tase Grant, but mistakenly pulled out his gun instead. Grant had been unarmed.
|Johannes Mesherle Faces Murder Charges |
Judge decides to go on with the Mehserle murder trial.
More on the Oscar Grant shooting
- Oscar Grant Family Lawyer Talks about New Report [Aug 20, 2009]
- Oscar Grant's Father Sues BART for Son's Death [Sep 1, 2009]
- Oscar Grant: Mehserle's Murder Trial Moved to Downtown LA [Nov 23, 2009]
- BART to Pay $1.5 Million to Daughter of Oscar Grant [Jan 20, 2010]
- Victim's Record Could Help Ex-Officer In Murder Trial [May 12, 2010]
Our coverage of your coverage.
Other BART travelers captured the events on camera. This footage played a major role in the calls for the prosecution of former BART officer Mehserle on murder charges. One of these citizen journalists was 19-year-old Karina Vargas. Vargas turned over her camera footage to the police and was later called to testify as a witness in Mehserle’s trial.
|Oscar Grant: Eyewitness Karina Vargas [VIDEO] |
Interview plus footage taken on BART platform the night of the shooting.
|An Eye For Truth |
Karina Vargas' video is at the center of Oakland's Oscar Grant controversy.
Other Posts on Citizen Journalism
The City's Impact
Youth Radio's national headquarters is in Oakland. Many of our students and students turned staff-- including trial reporter King Anyi Howell-- call Oakland home. These essays represent their view of the shooting's impact on their community.
|Oakland: Road To Riot? Rumors, Speculation Fuel Fear |
With a gag order over the murder trial of Johannes Merhserle for the shooting death of Oscar Grant III, speculation and raw disinformation have filled the void to stoke fears of a major riot in Oakland after the announcement of the verdict.
|Oakland:Beauty and Ugliness |
Brandon McFarland delves into the soul of his city in the shadow of Oscar Grant's killing.
In the wake of the shooting and arrest of Johannes Meheserle a series of protests turned violent in downtown Oakland.
|Video Collection |
Our collection of videos showing the protests during the week after the shooting of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale BART Station.
|VIDEO: Justice For Oscar Grant Rally |
Footage from the Jan 14th rally in Oakland, CA.
More on the Oakland protests: