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Ex-transit officer involved in shooting arrested

Ex-transit officer involved in shooting arrested

A white former transit police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man on a train platform has been arrested, 12 days after the shooting inflamed long-running tensions between police and many African-American residents.
A jail staffer in Nevada's Douglas County said Johannes Mehserle, 27, was in custody Tuesday evening under a fugitive warrant issued from California. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the arrest had not been announced.
Karen Boyd, a spokeswoman for Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, confirmed the arrest and said the mayor's office had been informed of it earlier Tuesday night. Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff was expected to announce details of the charges on Wednesday.
A message left late Tuesday night at the office of Mehserle's attorney, Christopher Miller, was not immediately returned.
Witnesses say Mehserle fired into the back of 22-year-old Oscar Grant while the man was lying facedown on a train platform at a station in Oakland, which is near San Francisco. Grant and others had been pulled off a train after reports of fighting, as New Year's Eve revelers were shuttling home after midnight.
The shooting was captured on several mobile phone cameras and widely viewed on the Internet. Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets calling for the prosecution of Mehserle, with one rally last Wednesday spiraling into violence and resulting in more than 100 arrests and dozens of businesses damaged.


Updated : 2020-12-02 23:01 GMT+08:00