Johannes Mehserle captured after escaping to Nevada.
The former transit police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man at a California train station went to Nevada with his family “to clear his mind” after receiving death threats, his lawyer said Wednesday.
The lawyer’s comments came after Johannes Mehserle was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Nevada.
Leads led investigators to Johannes Mehserle, 27, in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, on Tuesday, authorities said. He was contacted through his attorney and then surrendered.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division will investigate a white former transit officer who was convicted in state court of killing an unarmed black man – a verdict that touched off angry protests and more than 80 arrests in Oakland.
In a move reminiscent of the Rodney King beating case in Los Angeles, the federal government said it intends to investigate Johannes Mehserle, who was found guilty Thursday in state court of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant.
Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale and winner of two 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants, talks with SFFS about the filmmaking process. Fruitvale will have its world premiere at Sundance 2013.
“In 2010, a jury cleared Mehserle or all charges save for involuntary manslaughter and sentenced him to two years in prison, minus time served. He was released on parole last year.
Many in Oakland’s African American community believed the punishment was insufficient, and the initially peaceful protests that followed the verdict devolved into a riot during which 80 people were arrested.” ~’Fruitvale,’ Oscar Grant Movie, To Premiere At Sundance (PHOTOS), Huffington Post – San Francisco. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/23/fruitvale-oscar-grant_n_2356484.html