California Wakes up to Fallout From Transit Shooting Verdict
Friday, July 09, 2010 - 08:31 AM
(The Takeaway) California jurors have found transit police officer Johannes Mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant. Mehserle, a BART cop, shot and killed Grant, an unarmed train passenger, early in the morning on New Year's Day, 2009. The video of the shooting, caught on cellphone camera, instantly went viral on the internet. Oakland residents demanded to see a guilty verdict, many had hoped Mehserle would be convicted on stronger charges: either second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter. Last night, more than 50 people were arrested in largely peaceful protests.
This morning, The Takeaway spoke to Jack Leonard, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times who was in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, Oakland radio reporter Bob Butler, and Rev. Byron Williams, a pastor and columnist.
Earlier, the show also got the views of Adimu Madyun, correspondent for Oakland Voices, a community journalism project supported by the Oakland Tribune. He says the community feels under attack by "police terrorism," that everyone up to the Obama Administration refuses to address.