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After over a year of protests and trial delays, a jury found a former transit officer guilty in the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant.

Officer Johannes Mehserle was found guilty today in a Los Angeles court of involuntary manslaughter, which carries a sentences of two to four years.

Mehserle was convicted for shooting Grant, an unarmed black man, on New Year's Day of 2009 on an Oakland train platform.

The incident was videotaped by at least five bystanders - and resulted in one of the "most racially polarizing cases in California" since the 1992 acquittal of the four Los Angeles officers accused of beating Rodney King.

Prosecutors said 28-year-old Mehserle became angry at Grant for resisting arrest. Mehserle said he mistakenly drew his gun instead of his Taser.

The trial was moved to Los Angeles after racial tensions resulted in violence in Oakland.

2 Comments

DAYELLOWCANDLE

July 14th

You know what i'm sayin...Oakland in da heezy!


DaGreenLantern

July 9th

F Tha Police...coming straight outta Oakland!






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