Johannes Mehserle, the BART officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant in January of 2009, was sentenced today to 2 years for Involuntary Manslaughter.
A conviction for involuntary manslaughter normally carries a four-year sentence, but the judge had the option of adding an “enhancement” that could have made the sentence 14 years because a firearm was used in commission of a crime.
Mehserle, who was on duty as a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer when the shooting occurred, said at the trial that he intended to draw and fire his Taser rather than his gun. The jury acquitted him of the more serious charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.
Damn, so you’re telling me a officer (who is meant to “protect and serve”) who shoots and kills an unarmed man in the back will serve the same amount of time as Tip (who only had guns, but didn’t use them)? Smh…