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Calif. transit police sends BART shooting case to district attorney


By Demian Bulwa, Henry K. Lee, Leslie Fulbright
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — BART police wrapped up their preliminary investigation Monday of the officer-involved shooting New Year's Day of an unarmed man in Oakland and have forwarded the case to the Alameda County district attorney's office, officials said.

The decision on whether former Officer Johannes Mehserle will face criminal prosecution in the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant of Hayward rests with prosecutors, who will review the evidence gathered by both BART and Oakland police.

"We urge the district attorney to expeditiously review all of that evidence and to bring this investigation to a conclusion as rapidly as possible," BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger said at a hastily arranged news conference Monday.

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