The police chief for BART, Gary Gee, said that transit police detectives were still compiling clues in the shooting, which occurred after Mr. Grant and a group of friends were removed from an eastbound train in the wake of a fight among two groups leaving a New Year’s Eve celebration in San Francisco.
At least four cell phone cameras held by passengers on the train idling next to the platform captured images of Mr. Grant lying face down when Transit Officer Johannes Mehserle, 27, pulls his gun and fires a single shot. Mr. Mehserle looks up at another officer, and then handcuffs Mr. Grant. The images have been repeatedly broadcast on local television and streamed online.
Christopher Miller, a lawyer for Officer Mehserle, said in a brief statement on Wednesday that the officer’s resignation, which took place on Wednesday, would allow BART to “get back to the business of managing regional transportation,” adding that the officer had the full support of his union, the BART Police Officers Association. But it made no reference to the circumstances of the shooting.
Mr. Mehserle has not been charged with a crime. Investigators said their efforts to interview him about the circumstances of the shooting had been rebuffed by his lawyers, something that has fed complaints that the transit agency and the Alameda County district attorney, Tom Orloff, have each been sluggish in their investigations.
saw this on the news after it happened (my parents live around 10 minutes from oakland). i usually side with the cops in these 'accidental' death things and overuse of police force, but this looks pretty incredibly bad. can't really see how he can possibly explain this one.
I think the second saddest thing about the story is that traditional news outlets ignored the story for almost a week and most of them still aren't reporting it. It'll be interesting to see how this story turns out but I'm betting we're not going to be getting the conclusion from the local paper, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, etc.... liberal or conservative, fair and balanced or not, they all cherry pick what they want to report.
I've heard a lot about this, I have friends that live in the Bay Area. There was supposed to be a protest at the Fruitvale Bart station yesterday, not sure if it happened though. I heard Bart was going to suspend runs to the station to prevent the protest.