It’s has been 10 long years since Oscar Grant III was murdered by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, CA. On January 1, 2009, Grant III was removed from a train at Fruitvale Station, told to lie face down on the platform and was shot in the back by the officer.
The incident was caught on tape and disseminated to a community that was all to familiar with police brutality of unarmed black men and women. Grant III murder sparked community outrage where multiple protests and community actions where organized to convict the shooting officer. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison. He was released from custody in 2011.
It has been 10 years since this occurred and today the Oakland community still mourns his death.
Oscar Grant III mother, Wanda Johnson, continues to speak out. His mother heads the Oscar Grant Foundation where she continues to advocate for people killed by law enforcement.