Protest Outside LA Courthouse in Mehserle Release

By Jodi Hernandez
|  Monday, Jun 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:37 AM PDT
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Johannes Mehserle Protest Stays Peaceful

Jodi Hernandez

Oscar Grant's uncle, Bobby Grant, speaks during a protest outside the federal courthouse in Oakland. His nephew's killer, Johannes Mehserle, was released from prison today.

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A small group of protesters were rallying outside the federal courthouse in Los Angeles Monday morning, reacting to the release of Johannes Mehserle.

Organizer Julia Wallace called the release "ridiculous" saying, "They couldn't even wait a minute to let him out. This is an injustice. Oscar Grant's life is worth more than a year."

Bobby Johnson, Grant's uncle, waited outside the jail early Monday. He wanted to see Mehserle walk out of the facility. But he said he received a notification at about 12:25 a.m. that Mehserle had already been released.

Mehserle was walked out of a Los Angeles prison Monday morning at 12:01a.m. Despite being free, Mehserle will be on parole and he will have a parole agent assigned to his case.

But for protesters in LA on Monday, the case is far from over. Wallace said the group is asking for federal charges to be brought against all of the officers involved in Grant's death, including Mehserle.

The protests in Los Angeles followed a day of peaceful demonstrations in Oakland on Sunday.

Several hundred people marched from the Fruitvale BART station to downtown Oakland on Sunday afternoon in a peaceful protest against the release. Grant's mother and his daughter were among the crowd.

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