Update: Johannes Mehserle, 27, arrested for murdering Oscar Grant…
A white former transit police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform has been arrested in Nevada on a warrant charging homicide, 12 days after the shooting that sparked violent street protests.
Johannes Mehserle, 27, was being held without bail Wednesday under a fugitive warrant issued from California, law enforcement officials said. Mehserle surrendered Tuesday without incident, according to a statement from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada.
Messages left late Tuesday and early Wednesday at the office of Mehserle’s attorney, Christopher Miller, were not immediately returned.
Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff was expected to announce details of the charges later Wednesday.
Witnesses say Mehserle fired into the back of 22-year-old Oscar Grant while the man was lying facedown on a train platform at a station in Oakland. Grant and others had been pulled off a train after reports of fighting, as New Year’s Eve revelers were shuttling home after midnight.
The shooting, captured on cell phone cameras and widely viewed on the Internet, has inflamed long-running tensions between law enforcement authorities and many African-American residents and black community leaders, who have berated BART officials at several public meetings since the incident.
Hundreds of protesters also have taken to the streets calling for the prosecution of Mehserle, with one rally last Wednesday spiraling into violence and resulting in more than 100 arrests and dozens of businesses damaged.
Oscar Grant’s family just hit the jackpot. Theyll get millions from the city. Those crackheads won’t ever have to steal or deal drugs again.