Oscar Grant (Cont’d)

Following his arrest some days later on murder charges, Johannes Mehserle, entered his plea of not guilty in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.

About two dozen supporters were also in attendance at the hearing, including his parents, Todd and Agatha Mehserle. Separated on the other side of the gallery were about 25 relatives and friends. Some, including Sophina Mesa, the mother of Grant’s 4-year-old daughter, wore black T-shirts bearing Grant’s picture and the words, “Gone but not forgotten.”

Grant was the first person killed by BART police since 2001 when a 42-year-old man was shot at a station in the nearby city of Hayward, said spokesman Jim Allison. Despite criticisms from some black leaders, Oakland Police Department spokesman Jeff Thomason said the department reaches out to the community to work cooperatively to fight crime.

“There is a sense of frustration that the system is not responsive,” said attorney John Burris, who is representing Woodfox’s family and has filed a $25 million claim on behalf of Grant’s family. “There is a sense among African-American youth that police accused of misconduct against them are not held accountable.”


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