Public to be left in dark on probe

28Feb09

Oscar GrantAn internal investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed BART passenger — done by an independent firm — will be largely shielded from the public due to legal roadblocks, lawyers conducting the probe said.

Oakland-based Meyers Nave was hired several weeks ago by the transit agency to conduct a separate investigation into the events surrounding the Jan. 1 shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III by former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle on the Fruitvale station platform.

Lawyers told BART directors Thursday they will also investigate whether the six other officers on the platform at the time of the killing should be disciplined or terminated, whether their superiors should face reprimand, and whether the transit agency’s policies and procedures in handling the case were violated or should be amended.

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