Transit Cop Charged with Murder is Free on Bond

Published February 9, 2009

The Oakland, Calif., transit officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed, Black man on New Year’s Day is free after posting a $3 million bond.

Johannes Mehserle was videotaped with a cell phone camera pumping a bullet into the back of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, as his victim lay on the ground. Another Bay Area Rapid Transit officer kneeled on Grant’s back as Mehserle fired.

The decision by a judge last month to grant bond to the 27-year-old Mehserle triggered a violent uprising in the Bay Area.

Mehserle’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23.

Written by BET.com News Staff

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