Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Justice, slightly delayed
It comes two weeks after the fact, but Johannes Mehserle, the transit cop who shot Oscar Grant III in the back when Grant was lying face down with his hands behind him, has been charged with murder and arrested in Nevada. Mehserle is not fighting extradition.
There is a protest currently taking place in Oakland, but I've only seen one helicopter in the air and police sirens are not any more prevalent than on a usual night in Oakland. I don't expect this to be a repeat of the trial of cops accused of beating Rodney King, partly because Oscar Grant was not merely beaten but killed when he had surrendered and was defenseless, and partly because Oakland is not Los Angeles.
That said, I have been wrong before. I don't look forward to being in Oakland if I'm wrong this time.