Johannes Mehserle Civil Trial Set to Begin - NBC Bay Area

Johannes Mehserle Civil Trial Set to Begin

Former BART officer accused of abusing a rider weeks before Oscar Grant shooting.



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    Johannes Mehserle is expected to testify in his own defense in his latest legal woes.

    The legal troubles of a former BART officer convicted of killing an unarmed man on a train platform will begin again.

    Johannes Mehserle, who was released after serving two years for the involuntary manslaughter death of Oscar Grant, is expected to testify in his defense in a civil case where he is accused of abusing another BART rider.

    Kenneth Carrethers says Mehserle beat him during an altercation with BART officers at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station on Nov. 15, 2008, according to SF Gate.

    The 43-year-old is seeking damages against a group of five BART officers, including Mehserle, reportedly involved in the incident that left him with facial bruises and a sore shoulder.

    BART is expected to fight on behalf of Mehserle and show that Carrethers was a threat to the agency's officers.

    Mehserle is expected to testify that he was acting to protect a fellow officer, in his own defense.

    Jury selection is set to begin Monday and opening statements could be heard a day later.