Killer cop's wrist-slap complete

Steven Greenhut: It’s shocking that Johannes Mehserle, who shot to death the unarmed Oscar Grant while Grant was lying on his face in a BART station in Oakland, goes free after serving only one year of a modest two-year sentence. And consider that this is the longest any California cop has ever  spent in jail for any on-duty shooting. Police can basically kill people with impunity. Any absurd explanation or excuse will do. Obviously, it’s true that killers get wrist-slaps in California. In the rare instances where someone such as Mehserle is prosecuted — and that’s very rare, given that DAs are part of the law-enforcement brotherhood that protects its own — the entire system gives these folks special protections. What if it was your son who was yanked off a train, pushed to the ground and then shot to death in the back? How would you feel? Would you think the killer cop should be let go? Would you buy the lame excuse that he thought the gun was a taser? I doubt it.

Consider also that police union groups paid for Mehserle’s defense. And the unions and police organizations have tried to turn Mehserle into some kind of victim and even a hero. It’s disgusting. Had Grant “accidentally” shot to death Mehserle in almost identical circumstances, what would have happened to him? You know the answer. He would have a life sentence and he would be a cop-killing pariah.



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  1. David from Oceanside
    David from Oceanside 14 June, 2011, 22:50

    Our wise overlords would never harm us. The policeman must be a persecuted hero.

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  2. Bravoman
    Bravoman 15 June, 2011, 08:55

    “Had Grant “accidentally” shot to death Mehserle in almost identical circumstances, what would have happened to him? You know the answer. He would have a life sentence and he would be a cop-killing pariah.”

    Well lets see, from your example above, if Grant was holding a gun in a police officers back while he lay on the ground……..well hell yes he would have been a cop killer…..bad example! As for the shooting, the subject was resisting officers, he was belligerent, the cops were surrounded by a mob of people who were threatening officers and the officer made a fatal mistake. Involuntary Manslaughter is what you have, nothing more, nothing less…..yes his sentence was short….but he is no murderer. Your article is inflammatory and lacks any journalistic qualities, other than trying to stir the pot!

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  3. Nancy Lewis
    Nancy Lewis 1 July, 2011, 16:43

    More cops need to be held accountable for their actions. CHP get away with murder! check out the website CHP make things happen in the night then collect thousands of dallors in overtime! Public needs to be aware that this corruption is going on!

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  4. john rogan
    john rogan 12 April, 2012, 20:33

    read about oscar grant.he had a rap sheet, a long rap sheet.he was tazered a year before his death as he dropped his gun on the streets of oakland..arrested for drugs and assaults many times..even blacks who are honest should breathe easier when oscar grant,mixon,and now skittles trayvon go 6 ft underground….whites seem to know what criminals are and what they with it before our entire society collapses.

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