Former Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Johannes Mehserle, 27, has been arrested and charged with murder in the such publicized shooting of Oscar Grant III at an Oakland, California transit stop. It is another case where YouTube appears to have driven the official response as outrage grew with the playing of videos of the shooting like the clip below. Mehserle who resigned from the force is now facing murder charges.
Mehserle was arrested in Nevada on Tuesday night.
District Attorney Tom Orloff stated “What I feel the evidence indicates is an unlawful killing done by an intentional act. From the evidence we have there’s nothing that would mitigate that to something lower than a murder. The murder charge was the appropriate charge given the state of the evidence.”
Mehserle was one of the officers responding to calls complaining about about fights on a train. Grant was taken off the train and Mehserle is pictured shooting him in the back as another BART officer kneels on him.