Johannes Mehserle, Ex-BART Cop Convicted of Killing Oscar Grant, Wants His Job Back
|Would like to be a police officer again|
Johannes Mehserle, the former BART cop who spent nearly a year in prison for shooting dead Oscar Grant at BART station in 2009, asked an appeals court today to overturn his conviction so that he can get a job in law enforcement again.
Attorneys representing Mehserle said he should not have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter because all he did was "make an error," and that this prosecution was nothing more than politics.
"This was simply an accident," attorney Michael Rains told KTVU in front of the
courthouse today. "In California ... we know that police officers have made this
same accident in nine other cases, there have been no other criminal
prosecutions. This was an accident, not a crime."
The emotionally charged trial pitted the black community against local law enforcement, at times provoking violent protests in Oakland. However, a jury finally decided that while Mehserle didn't mean to kill Grant, his actions were grossly negligent and certainly criminal.
The tension between police and the community increased when Mehserle served only 11 months of his two-year sentence, after he was released last year on good behavior.
Although, things could get even more strained if the court grants Mehserle's request, and he eventually is back on the streets, enforcing the law.
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