September 1, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The transit police officer who shot and
killed an unarmed black man on New Year's Day has pleaded not
guilty to murder.
Johannes Mehserle entered the plea Thursday in a packed Alameda
County courtroom with supporters and family members of both the
officer and the victim, 22-year-old Oscar Grant.
Prosecutors say Mehserle was standing over Grant, who was lying
facedown and restrained on a train platform, when the Bay Area
Rapid Transit officer fired one shot into the man's back.
Cell phone videos of the shooting have gone viral on the
Internet, sparking outrage by many Oakland residents and African
American community leaders.
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