Ex-BART officer Mehserle sentenced to two years in prison for fatal shooting of unarmed man

Nov 5, 2010 Full story: latimesblogs.latimes.com 1,471

A former transit police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed man on an Oakland train station platform was sentenced by a Los Angeles judge Friday to two years in prison.

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Jessica

Oakland, CA

#1 Nov 5, 2010
Wonder how well this is going to go over...
mib3

San Bruno, CA

#2 Nov 5, 2010
Thats not good . would hate to be a store owner in oakland or a cop. 2 YEARS thats not fair and i dont care what color you are.just hope it stays peace full.
ppp

Bloomington, CA

#3 Nov 5, 2010
maaaaa

Since: Jun 10

United States

#4 Nov 5, 2010
Hopefully people will keep their cool and realize that no amount of outrage, violence, trashing business, looting or rioting will bring Oscar Grant back. It will only hurt Oakland and make people look disfavorably on the people of Oakland.

We don't really know for sure what went through Mehserle's mind the instant he pulled the gun instead of the Taser. He has to live with what he did no matter how much time he serves. A longer sentence will not change or fix anything--it would just be revenge and that's not what justice is supposed to be about.
So Right

Irvine, CA

#5 Nov 5, 2010
The rabble will be happy of course but this time they appear to have a good reason. I saw that video. Not OK.
Eddie

Colorado Springs, CO

#6 Nov 5, 2010
There's always justice in prison.
Pray for justice.
Lawrence Oliver

San Mateo, CA

#7 Nov 5, 2010
---Wild Irish Rose--- wrote:
Hopefully people will keep their cool and realize that no amount of outrage, violence, trashing business, looting or rioting will bring Oscar Grant back. It will only hurt Oakland and make people look disfavorably on the people of Oakland.
We don't really know for sure what went through Mehserle's mind the instant he pulled the gun instead of the Taser. He has to live with what he did no matter how much time he serves. A longer sentence will not change or fix anything--it would just be revenge and that's not what justice is supposed to be about.
"A longer sentence will not change or fix anything--it would just be revenge and that's not what justice is supposed to be about."

Really, a "2 years sentence" for taking a life is NOT Justice period! I wonder how the judge or a jury member would feel if this had happen to a family member...How would you feel? It's not justice period.
Mr Logic

Chesapeake, VA

#8 Nov 5, 2010
The family of the man who was shot deserves a settlement for several million dollars. The Oakland Subway Police Department failed to properly train this police officer

Now, let's talk about the criminal side of things...

Although this police officer and his department were negligent and caused the death of this man, there was no CRIMINAL intent to intentionally kill this man. He was poorly trained and in a panic. He intended to reach for his "tazer" and grabbed his gun instead.

I am not saying he should have not been allowed to carry a tazer, but if he had never been issued a tazer, would he have shot this man? NO

This was not a murder. This was a very unfortunate accident. He was given two years to keep the Black community from rioting.

Now we have created a second victim
In the Dark

Salinas, CA

#9 Nov 5, 2010
If I had just heard of this story today, I would be astounded to learn that a man who kills a mostly defenseless man right in front of him could get as little as a two-year sentence.

On the contrary, Wild Irish Rose, a longer sentence would help -- killing a person comes with consequences, and yet two-year sentence just makes killing seem inconsequential. It's a poor precedent for future similar incidents.
Pop Off

Oakland, CA

#10 Nov 5, 2010
Lets face it, cops are Nazi killers!

“"Screw Politics"”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#11 Nov 5, 2010
It is what it is. The jury dropped the more extreme charges which led to the open sentence. Probation up to 14 years. He got 2. WE, US, a jury of our peers made the ultimate decision. Justice.
Soccromom

Charleston, WV

#12 Nov 5, 2010
Mr Logic wrote:
The family of the man who was shot deserves a settlement for several million dollars. The Oakland Subway Police Department failed to properly train this police officer
Now, let's talk about the criminal side of things...
Although this police officer and his department were negligent and caused the death of this man, there was no CRIMINAL intent to intentionally kill this man. He was poorly trained and in a panic. He intended to reach for his "tazer" and grabbed his gun instead.
I am not saying he should have not been allowed to carry a tazer, but if he had never been issued a tazer, would he have shot this man? NO
This was not a murder. This was a very unfortunate accident. He was given two years to keep the Black community from rioting.
Now we have created a second victim
That was the best post i have read all week. I give a few smart alek replys and a few pieces of advice. But this hit the nail on the head. Thanks.
In the Dark

Salinas, CA

#13 Nov 5, 2010
Mr Logic wrote:
The family of the man who was shot deserves a settlement for several million dollars. The Oakland Subway Police Department failed to properly train this police officer
Now, let's talk about the criminal side of things...
Although this police officer and his department were negligent and caused the death of this man, there was no CRIMINAL intent to intentionally kill this man. He was poorly trained and in a panic. He intended to reach for his "tazer" and grabbed his gun instead.
I am not saying he should have not been allowed to carry a tazer, but if he had never been issued a tazer, would he have shot this man? NO
This was not a murder. This was a very unfortunate accident. He was given two years to keep the Black community from rioting.
Now we have created a second victim
Please do not hold the "Black community" responsible for the riots in Oakland. It was a multiracial crowd, including many out-of-town radical types, taking out their anger on buildings and businesses unrelated to the killing. And it was despicable.

And please do not describe the two-year sentence as some kind of appeasement to the "Black community," just to keep them from rioting. The sentence is punishment for Mehserle, and weak punishment at that.

And Mehserle is no victim. He did this to himself.
GoDGiVeN

United States

#14 Nov 5, 2010
This is total BS they already convicted him of manslaughter that was a slap in the face to the Grant family then they want to give him 2 years with credit to time already served so he will be out in a few months or less. How are we expected to respect the law when the people who enforce the law give each other breaks he shot that man in cold blood he how can a trained police officer not tell the difference between a loaded gun and a bright yellow taser gun! Get out of here and close the door and go out the back door
Lawrence Oliver

San Mateo, CA

#15 Nov 5, 2010
I don't know about anyone else, but If I accidentally killed or cause harm to someone... the one thing that would not be in question is how remorseful I am. This cat has played the victim throughout this journey (and noted, with the support of many, including the media "bay-area KTVU Rita Williams" gave him air time). At least he should have maned up and sincerely express his remorsefulness, if indeed he is.

“Stop the liberal madness”

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#16 Nov 5, 2010
It is disgusting when hard working officers are sentenced to jail for fighting criminals.
Law Abiding Citizen

Glendale, CA

#17 Nov 5, 2010
Lawrence Oliver wrote:
<quoted text>
"A longer sentence will not change or fix anything--it would just be revenge and that's not what justice is supposed to be about."
That's a convenient excuse for a lenient sentence because he's a pig. No other way to explain it!
White Boy

Elizabethtown, KY

#18 Nov 5, 2010
GoDGiVeN wrote:
This is total BS they already convicted him of manslaughter that was a slap in the face to the Grant family then they want to give him 2 years with credit to time already served so he will be out in a few months or less. How are we expected to respect the law when the people who enforce the law give each other breaks he shot that man in cold blood he how can a trained police officer not tell the difference between a loaded gun and a bright yellow taser gun! Get out of here and close the door and go out the back door
They should lock his ass up and throw away the key-but as usual,they let the police off with a slap on the wrist. This happens EVERYWHERE,and to all races and it is bullshit.
wellsaidfred

Ithaca, NY

#19 Nov 5, 2010
Mr Logic wrote:
The family of the man who was shot deserves a settlement for several million dollars. The Oakland Subway Police Department failed to properly train this police officer
Now, let's talk about the criminal side of things...
Although this police officer and his department were negligent and caused the death of this man, there was no CRIMINAL intent to intentionally kill this man. He was poorly trained and in a panic. He intended to reach for his "tazer" and grabbed his gun instead.
I am not saying he should have not been allowed to carry a tazer, but if he had never been issued a tazer, would he have shot this man? NO
This was not a murder. This was a very unfortunate accident. He was given two years to keep the Black community from rioting.
Now we have created a second victim
BULLSEYE!
In the Dark

Salinas, CA

#20 Nov 5, 2010
luv Sarah Palin wrote:
It is disgusting when hard working officers are sentenced to jail for fighting criminals.
And who was the criminal you say Mehserle was fighting?

I'm sorry, but the prescribed penalty for fighting on a BART platform is not instant death.

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