Oscar Grant’s father speaks out on son’s notorious death by BART police officer

Oscar Grantsource: San Jose Mercury News
published: 26 June 2014

The father of Oscar Grant III testified Tuesday that he believes his son was intentionally killed at the Fruitvale BART station and he wants monetary damages, in part, to provide for his granddaughter.

“The man was killed in cold blood: No ifs, ands or buts about it,” said Oscar Grant Jr., testifying for the first time about his son’s notorious slaying at the civil trial where he is suing former BART officer Johannes Mehserle for fatally shooting 22-year-old Oscar Grant III on New Year’s Day 2009. “I don’t care how they say it, it was not an accident.

“They took the most precious thing in the world to me — my only child,” said Grant Jr., 50.

Mehserle, who has repeatedly testified that he meant to use a Taser instead of a gun on the Hayward man, was acquitted of murder and convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting on the Fruitvale BART station platform that was caught by cell phone video cameras and sparked protests and riots before inspiring the major motion picture, “Fruitvale Station.”

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