04/25/2012

Deal reported for movie about man killed by BART officer

Officer Johannes Mehserle served a two-year prison sentence after testifying he mistook his gun for his TASER

By Ellen Huet and Demian Bulwa
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Oscar Grant's family has reached a deal with a film company to make a movie about the man whose video-recorded killing led to street protests in Oakland and the criminal conviction of a BART police officer, family members said Tuesday.

"Fruitvale" is expected to portray the hours before Grant, 22, was shot in the back by former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle on Jan. 1, 2009, after being pulled off a train at Oakland's Fruitvale Station in connection with a fight.

"We want it to be a teaching tool," said Wanda Johnson, Grant's mother. "We really need to work together to eliminate this type of occurrence."

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