06/25/2010

BART cop Mehserle takes the stand

Testimony included description of TASER training he received

By Paul T. Rosynsky
Oakland Tribune

LOS ANGELES — Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle spoke in public for the first time Thursday as he took the witness stand in his own defense to explain why he shot an unarmed Oscar Grant in the back early New Year's Day 2009.

Wearing a gray suit, blue shirt and red tie, Mehserle spoke in a quiet, nasally voice as he briefly described his childhood, his family and why he decided to become a police officer.

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