Former police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Oakland

10:25, July 09, 2010      

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A former transit police officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed man at a train station in Oakland, near San Franscisco.

Prosecutors accused Johannes Mehserle of intentionally firing his handgun as he tried to handcuff Oscar J. Grant III on New Year's Day 2009.

Mehserle, who is white, fired a single round into the back of Grant, who was black and was lying face-down on the station platform.

The shooting occurred soon after police responded to reports of a fight on a train station in Oakland.

Grant and four friends were detained by a different police officer who prosecutors said used excessive force against the men. Mehserle arrived on the platform after the men had been detained.

The shooting, captured on video by several witnesses, provoked protests and violence in Oakland.

The incident drawn comparisons to the videotaped beating of Rodney G. King that ultimately triggered riots in Los Angeles in 1992.


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