Oscar Grant's Family Files $50 Million Suit

Monday, Mar 2, 2009  |  Updated 6:15 PM PDT
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Oscar Grant's Family Files $50 Million Suit

The family of a man slain by a Bay Area transit police officer early New Year's Day has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit.

The family of a man slain by a Bay Area transit police officer early New Year's Day has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit.

Attorney John Burris says Oscar Grant's family filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in Oakland on Monday against the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency, former officer Johannes Mehserle, BART police chief Gary Gee and officers Tony Pirone and Marysol Domenici.

Burris called the shooting intentional. He says Grant was unlawfully detained, arrested and deprived of urgent medical care after he was shot by Mehserle on a train station platform in Oakland.

Mehserle has pleaded not guilty to murder and is free after posting $3 million bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23.

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