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Oakland Readies for New Round of Grant Protests

The release of Johannas Mehserle had people and police in Oakland hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.



    Oakland Readies for New Round of Grant Protests
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    Oscar Grant, 22, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle after Mehserle and other officers responded to reports that there was a fight on a BART train.

    Organizers said they expected "massive amounts" of supporters to head to an Oakland BART station Sunday to peacefully protest the release of a  BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant in 2009. In the end between 200 and 300 people showed up and marched from the Fruitvale BART station to downtown Oakland late Sunday.  The event was peaceful.

    Oakland police said they had extra officers on hand starting Sunday afternoon in preparation of any and all reaction to the pending release of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on Monday. There are reports that as many as 100 officers will be on duty, but police would not release an exact number.  

    Grant's mother and his daughter were among those who took part in Sunday's march.

     Mehserle was convicted of killing Grant on New Year's Day 2009 on a Fruitvale Station platform. Mehserle  shot and killed Grant around 2 a.m. after BART officers had responded to  reports of a fight on a train.
    Mehserle admitted that he shot and killed Grant but said he had  meant to use his Taser on Grant and fired his service gun by mistake.
    Last year, jurors convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter.
    The Superior Court released a document that explained the timing of the release. It said when Mehserle was sentenced on November 5, 2010 he had already served 146 days. Since that date, he has served 219 additional days. The court said with conduct credits of 366, Mehserle will have served the total time of his imposed sentence.

    Raw Video: Oscar Grant's Family Reacts to Mehserle Release

    [BAY] Raw Video: Oscar Grant's Family Reacts to Mehserle Release
    The family of the man shot and killed by a BART police officer says it is not justice to release the man that killed their loved one on Monday.
    (Published Thursday, June 9, 2011)

    The document ends with "IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant Johannes Mehserle be released from custody on Monday, June 13, 2011" and was signed by Judge Robert J. Perry.

    Mehserle will be on parole after his release. It is not known where he will live.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.