Oakland Riots, after Oscar Grant Murderer, Gets only 2 years.
November 5, 2010
Judge Robert Perry has sentenced former BART transit cop Johannes Mehserle to the minimum sentence of two years in state prison for the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant. Judge Perry gave double credit for his time served, bringing the total to 292 days of credit. Mehserle could have faced between four and 14 years for the charge. Involuntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum of four years in prison, but a gun enhancement could have added an additional 10 years.
Riots broke out in Oakland, California and 100′s were arrested after the sentence was made public. Police officials stated that the ‘city was being torn up.” The anger of the protesters erupted as the protesters as well as people throughout the world saw Mesherle shoot Oscar Grant in the back as he lay down with his hands behind his back. Oscar Grants murder was recorded by a camera phone of one of the bystanders to his murder on New Years Eve, 2009. Since Mesherle was given credit for time served he could be out in 7 months.
Many across social networks have stated that Michael Vick, the former Atlanta football player served more time for sponsoring dog fighting than Mesherle will spend for killing a black man!