Oscar Grant Updates: Skeptical judge grants bail to former BART cop

02Feb09

oscar-demo1Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle meant to fire his Taser stun gun, not his pistol, when he fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland station platform, his defense attorney said Friday in persuading a judge to set bail in the murder case. Mehserle was, however, still in jail at the time this article was published:

Attorney Michael Rains said another BART officer reported hearing Mehserle say just before shooting Oscar Grant that he was going to “tase him.” Afterward, Mehserle told the other officer he thought Grant had been reaching for a gun, Rains said.

Although Judge Morris Jacobson agreed to give Mehserle a chance to bail out of Santa Rita Jail, he attacked Rains’ account of the shooting early New Year’s Day as inconsistent. Mehserle appears willing to “make up something that’s not true” to escape consequences for shooting Grant, Jacobson said.

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8th January 2009
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