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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Former BART Cop arrested for murder

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man on New Year's Day in a Oakland BART station has been arrested, reportedly on murder charges.

Authorities are hoping the arrest will help calm tensions created by the killing of Oscar Grant III, which was caught on video (see below). About 1000 people are expected to protest in Oakland on Wednesday.

"We're hoping that people act civilly and they take this recent action as a sign (District Attorney Tom Orloff) was committed to doing a job and moving forward with a complete, thorough and unbiased investigation," Assistant Police chief Howard Jordan told the Oakland Tribune.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mayor Ron Dellums said that he understands the anger people feel after the shooting, but said taking that anger out on other people is an injustice in its own right.

"It's fundamentally contradictory to stand up for justice and then dispense injustice," Dellums said. "You can't operate on both planes. You can't walk both sides of the street."

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