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Ex-Transit Cop Johannes Mehserle Arrested in Oakland Shooting
Former Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting Arrested on Suspicion of Murder
By SCOTT MICHELS
Jan. 14, 2009
A former transit police officer accused of shooting an unarmed passenger in the back on an Oakland, Calif., train platform on New Years Day has been arrested on homicide charges, police said.
Twenty two year-old Oscar Grant III, right, was fatally shot in the back by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (B.A.R.T.) police officer Johannes Mehserle early on New Year's morning after police responded to reports of fighting on a train. Mehserle has been arrested in Nevada on a warrant charging homicide, 12 days after the shooting that sparked violent street protests.
(Douglas County Sheriff/AP Photo)
Johannes Mehserle, 27, was being held without bail in Douglas County, Nev., pending his extradition on a California fugitive warrant, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.
Mehserle was arrested Tuesday night near Lake Tahoe. He waived his right to contest extradition and will be transported to California today, the sheriff's department said.
Mehserle, who is white, has been accused of shooting 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who is black, in the back while Grant was lying face down on a train platform. Grant's family has claimed that some officers used racial slurs during the arrest and the shooting has angered many in Oakland's African-American community, sparking a series of protests last week.
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Ex-cop charged with murder in BART shooting