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Former transit cop pleads not guilty to murder

Former transit cop pleads not guilty to murder

The former transit police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man on New Year's Day in Oakland, Calif., has pleaded not guilty.
Johannes Mehserle entered the plea Thursday in an Alameda County courtroom packed with supporters and family members of both the officer and the victim, 22-year-old Oscar Grant.
Prosecutors say Mehserle was standing over Grant, who was lying facedown and restrained on a train platform, when the Bay Area Rapid Transit officer fired one shot into the man's back.
Cell phone videos of the shooting have been posted on the Internet, and the death has sparked outrage by many Oakland residents and African American community leaders.


Updated : 2021-07-29 19:38 GMT+08:00