AirTalk for July 7, 2010

Oakland gets ready as deliberations resume in Oscar Grant trial

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Javone Sloan holds a sign saying 'Justice For Oscar Grant' during a protest of court case involving a Bay Area transit officer

A Los Angeles jury resumes deliberations today in the case of the fatal shooting of an unarmed young black man by a white transit officer in Northern California. Johannes Mehserle was captured on video and in cell phone pictures when he shot Oscar Grant in the back while restraining him in an Oakland BART station last January. The former transit officer is accused of second degree murder; his defense says Mehserle reached for his Taser, and pulled a gun by mistake. Will the jury acquit Mehserle, convict him of second degree murder, or convict him of a lesser manslaughter charge? And, whatever the verdict, how will Oakland respond?


Angela Woodall, reporter for the Oakland Tribune, she lives in downtown Oakland

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