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Friday, July 09, 2010

Bay Area cop guilty of killing man

Mehserle

A jury has found Johannes Mehserle, a former Bay Area transit cop who shot and killed an unarmed man, guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors had tried to convict Mehserle for murder in the death of Oscar Grant, who was shot while lying facedown on a rail platform on New Year's Day 2009. Mehserle could get five to 14 years in prison. As the San Francisco Chronicle notes, it's pretty rare for a police officer to be convicted for an on-duty shooting. Grant's family says Mehserle should have been convicted of murder.

A man puts up a huge sign in Oakland, Calif., after a guilty verdict for Johannes Mehserle, Thursday, July 8, 2010. Former San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle was found guilty in Los Angeles for shooting unarmed black man Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009 at a BART station in Oakland. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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