Court: Oscar Grant’s Father Can Sue Ex-Transit Police Officer

A federal appeals court ruled that a lawsuit against a former BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant III can proceed.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9thCircuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a trial judge’s decision to permit the suit by Grant’s father, Oscar Grant Jr., against Johannes Mehserle, who shot Grant on the platform of BART’s Fruitvale Station in Oakland in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.

Mehserle said he meant to fire his Taser and mistakenly used his gun. A Los Angeles jury convicted him of involuntary manslaughter, and he was sentenced to two years in prison.

Los Angeles Times