New released footage of Johannes Mehserle shooting Oscar Grant
June 25, 2010 | 1:51 a.m.
Grant was shot once in the back while he was giving up his arms and hands to be cuffed. Mehserle was trying to pull Grant’s right arm while Carlos Reyes’ left leg was under Grant. Mehserle then draws his firearm and shoots Grant once in the back.
Mehserle claims that he meant to draw his TASER and accidentally shot Grant with his firearm. Defense Attorney Michael Rains has been arguing in court that the method that Mehserle drew his gun, his backward movement when he fired, thumb motion he made with gun, and his reaction after the shooting all indicate that the shooting was an accident.
Mehserle is on trial for murder in Los Angeles after the trial was moved from Oakland because of intense publicity the shooting received. The trial is expected to conclude by July 1st.
Date: June 25, 2010