"Johannes Mehserle, the former police officer seen on tape shooting a face-down, unarmed Oscar Grant in the back, has officially been charged with murder. Mehserle was arrested Tuesday night (January 13) in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. The New Year's Day shooting has sparked outrage and protests in the city of Oakland, with many accusing BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) of having a history of racially motivated violence against young black men. According to Merrick Bobb, executive director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, police officers are rarely charged with murder for killings made in the line of duty. Last week, an Oakland protest resulted in more than 100 arrests. Yesterday (January 14), another protest was completed peacefully with no reports of arrests or property damage. At press time, Mehserle's attorney Christopher Miller is expected to use a defense centering on the fatal gunshot being an accidental discharge."
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