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Johannes Mehserle sentenced to two years with double credit for time served

November 5, 2010

Killer cop gets away with murder

KPFA 94.1 FM two-hour Special Report on the Mehserle Sentencing broadcast Friday, Nov. 5, 4-6 p.m.

Hosted by Davey D, produced by Minister of Information JR

Mehserle sentencing. – November 5, 2010 at 4:00pm

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by Davey D

Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby, spokesman for the family, speaks to the press outside the Los Angeles courthouse after the “slap on the wrist” sentence was handed to killer cop Johannes Mehserle. “I knew what the judge was going to say even before he said it. This whole thing was argued before we got here today,” he declared, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. – Photo: Noah Nelson, Youth Radio
Today we had a gross miscarriage of justice. Judge Robert Perry threw out the gun enhancement clause that could have added 10 years and then gave Johannes Mehserle a sentence of two years with credit for 292 days for time served.

Football star Plexico Burris did more time shooting himself than Mehserle. Michael Vick did more time [for dog fighting] than Mehserle.

Rally today at downtown Oakland at 2 p.m. Shame on Mehserle, the judge and any police officer who sat back and allowed this to take place without speaking out.

Today was not a good day. It makes you wonder if there even is a such thing as JUSTICE. Maybe it doesn’t exist. Maybe we been hoodwinked and bamboozled.

Lemme know if someone knows where JUSTICE is at?

Eric Holder? President Obama? Why are you guys in office if you’re not gonna make sure justice is carried out.

This man got two years with credit for time served for shooting an unarmed, subdued man at point blank range.
We should also remember that earlier today, Neo-Nazis showed up at the LA courthouse and started funk with Black folks, in particular the Black Riders. One Neo-Nazi was arrested while three Black Riders were arrested. Yep, the racism was thick both on and off the bench.

Here are two heartfelt speeches to give folks better context as to what’s at stake. The first one is from Oscar Grant’s “sister in law,” the aunt to his daughter Tatiana. It’s a letter to Judge Robert Perry where she breaks down how his death has impacted the family.

The second is from Minister Keith Muhammad, who has been on the case from day one. He sums up everything that has happened and what we are ultimately seeking: Justice. Open Letter to Judge Robert Perry Minister Keith Speaks

Listen to Davey D on Hard Knock Radio Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. on KPFA 94.1 FM or He can be reached at Visit his website,, and his blog, Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner, where this story first appeared.

Judge Perry issues sentence for Johannes Mehserle: two years

by Nishat Kurwa, Youth Radio

Los Angeles – Judge Robert Perry has sentenced former BART transit cop Johannes Mehserle to the minimum sentence of two years in state prison for the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant.

Supporters of justice for Oscar Grant rallied outside the courthouse during the sentencing hearing for his murderer, former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. – Photo: Youth Radio
This summer, Mesherle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The case was moved to Los Angeles after large street demonstrations and riots followed the shooting. After more than a year and a half of legal wrangling and community unrest, Judge Robert Perry has just issued a sentence in the case of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in July for the Jan. 1, 2009, shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland.

Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison, a fraction of the maximum sentence he could have received. Judge Perry gave double credit for his time served, bringing the total to 292 days of credit. Mehserle could have faced between four and 14 years for the charge, but legal analysts widely speculated the sentence would be on the shorter end of that spectrum. Involuntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum of four years in prison, but a gun enhancement could have added an additional 10 years.

Analysts seized on the disparity between the sentence and the enhancement, arguing that involuntary manslaughter suggests an accidental killing but that the gun enhancement suggests intentional use of a deadly weapon. That discord meant that Judge Perry could draw a wide range of interpretations based on the jury’s findings.

The incident lead to multiple violent protests in downtown Oakland and stirred up racial tensions and the city’s long history of unease between the police and the community. Mehersle, a white man, was videotaped from multiple angles, shooting Grant, an unarmed Black man, on the Fruitvale BART platform.

Protests are scheduled in Oakland today. City offices are closing early and many businesses are shutting down early in advance of demonstrations. Unlike the July verdict when members of the community and media widely anticipated violent outbreaks, no one is quite sure what the community’s response might be today. Some businesses had boarded up their windows in advance of today’s sentencing but only a fraction of those that shuttered this summer for the verdict.

The final chapter in the case has yet to be written. It’s widely expected Mehserle’s attorney will appeal the verdict.

Nishat Kurwa, as news director for Youth Radio, where this story first appeared, leads a team of adult and youth staff producing across Youth Radio’s broadcast and online outlets. Before coming to Youth Radio, she was the producer of KMEL’s public affairs show, Street Knowledge with Davey D, and is currently also a news producer at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. In 2002, she was the co-creator and executive producer of KPFA’s Islam Today, the first program by and about Muslims on U.S. public radio. In 2004, Kurwa was named a Salzburg Seminar Fellow. Contact Youth Radio at 1701 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 251-1101,

youthradio | Nov. 5, 2010

Youth Radio is on the scene reporting Friday night with a slideshow of daytime protests.

youthradio | Nov. 5, 2010

After the peaceful rally in Frank Ogawa Plaza, a march headed to the Fruitvale BART station gets interrupted on International Boulevard as police block off the streets. Police and protesters then began a game of cat and mouse in East Oakland where police finally surround protesters on Sixth Avenue and East 17th Street. An estimated 150 protesters were then arrested.

14 thoughts on “Johannes Mehserle sentenced to two years with double credit for time served

  1. tripple nipple

    instead the likely hood is that this new evolution of law enforcement has cops no longer thinking; except thinking they are superman that is. Night calm has meaning to a society, that is different then the police who with an increasing presence of military equipment, training and tactics blur the lines between warfare and law enforcement. It used to be that a law enforcement officer would brag I did 32 years and only drew my gun 4 times. Now with the role of swat training, even street officers
    draw up to 4 times a day.

  2. tripple nipple

    A dynamic entry is to law enforcement what the military calls martial law mental conditioning operations. I am not an American terrorist. William Douglas said "we deal with a right of privacy older the the bill of rights ,older then our political parties, older then our school system." This no knock and announce attitude emboldens law enforcement and conditions them to expand their authority where they had none before. Why should we be afraid of local law enforcement. The belief by some that all they are are city sanctioned Revenuers and gang members, is why criminals expect assaults from the police.

  3. tripple nipple

    The kids don't follow the law. Some of the police don't follow
    the law. The people in the community are afraid of all the crime, but the kids aren't going to respect the police when they are operating in the same way the criminals do. The horror of it is this taints all the other officers out there who do good work.''The courts must see the red flags. It's a tremendous problem of supervision and discipline, and it's a microcosm of the whole department. Law enforcement seems to be saying, `We don't need no stink-in' warrants,. `In the guise of this search for homicide suspects, gun shots, loud noises ,you name it, they have become the door-kickers, the illegal searchers, the guys that just don't care, and their commanders don't appear to be particularly fastidious as to how it's all done. Nobody should have the right to suspend all the rules.

  4. tripple nipple

    " These comments must not be the last word . All Americans can support a mayberry type police force even if if they live in new york city. Our leaders of the past set the table and the blame can be spread around. The question we all must ask ourselves are we that scared , and if the police are so scared of the risk that they have to act like the military then maybe we need to address the educational level of those who are in contact with the public. For the thought process of the criminal mind is such; that training police needs to be well scripted and what better tool then the constitution . The military can afford the ramp up to violence; police on the other hand need to be balanced the days of hard charging, door busting, finger sniffing ,camera watching ,stun gun popping; need to be followed by a less aggressive stance they are not the judge, jury or executioner just societies need to apprehend
    those with criminal tendencies, not really a big deal and not worth one innocent life, police,criminal, or bystander. your friend greg

  5. tripple nipple

    The war drums need to be put away, the super fast dodges need to be taken of the streets, the random road blocks that em-pied commerce need to stop, adrenalin addicted military education needs to be tempered with calm community spirit, we all know the out come when the night calm is broken by guns drawn, stun grenades going bang, and the cop saying to his significant other you should have seen me, "I kicked ass on my neighbors today; instead they must say I represented the constitution and upheld the balanced rule of law, and my blood pressure never went over the legal limit, (at least according to my monitor) and I kept my neighbors strong for I gave them the example of how to keep calm when they felt it all coming apart and I did not even have to draw my gun. these are the words we can hear from our citizens who represent the
    community policing doctrine.

  6. tripple nipple

    If you can not keep your adrenaline checked do not bother to apply for this is for the strong of mind and body and we take the constitution very seriously, for it is a check valve of the greatest importance and protects both law enforcement and the public. With police departments facing budget cuts the sale of all the swat team gear,and all the military accoutrement's ,needs to happen first . We need to bring our police force home the war against the constitution is over.Law enforcement will try to persuade the public that they can do better. We as a society can never relinquish these police controls again. Lets set a standard that has done us justice since our nations birth.

  7. OnPace

    Simple question….why was there a need to tase Oscar in the first place? We saw it. He was face down and his arms were not moving…..this was murder………

  8. Ahma Daeus

    The mere presence of a private “for profit” driven prison business in our country undermines the U.S Constitution and subsequently the credibility of the American criminal justice system. In fact, until all private prisons in America have been abolished and outlawed, “the promise” of fairness and justice at every level of this country’s judicial system will remain unattainable. We must restore the principles and the vacant promise of our judicial system. Our government cannot continue to "job-out" its obligation and neglect its duty to the individuals confined in the correctional and rehabilitation facilities throughout this nation, nor can it ignore the will of the people that it was designed to serve and protect. Please support the National Public Service Council to Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP) with a show of solidarity by signing "The Single Voice Petition"

    Please visit our website for further information:

    –Ahma Daeus
    "Practicing Humanity Without A License"…

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  10. LaWanda

    We need to teach our children how to act when confronted by police. Listen to simple commands like put your hands where I can see them. Don't make furtive movement like putting your hands in your hoody pockets and dancing around. Right or Wrong, this can and will get you killed.

  11. Master

    Once released from the sabbatical (also known as 14 months of "prison") for killing the man in cold blood this creature Mehserle will be on the streets. The same streets down which tens of thousands people outraged with the wacco Robert Perry's "sentence" walk.

    I wonder if anyone with an IQ higher than his own shoe size would be REALLY surprised if Mehserle ended up undergoing a treatment worse than the one he carried out on Grant by some of those unhappy people out in the streets?

    His pic has been circulated widely enough that he would be easily traceable based on his bone structure even if he has a facial plastic surgery — if someone decided that s/he wanted to carry out a personal/social class/racial vendetta on the perpetrator.

    Besides, I think the wacco (Robert Perry) and his 12 cronies masquerading as a "jurry" should be immediately sent for indefinite compulsory psychiatric observation in some secluded area.

    But I am ashamed that my country, Canada, shares the continent with racist, homophobic, mass murdering underdeveloped southern neighbour.


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