Oakland Residents Prepare For Verdict in Racial Police Shooting


Maria L. LaGanga (LA Times) July 6, 2010 Oakland residents prepared for a verdict in the Johannes Mehserle shooting trial Tuesday with a mixture of apprehension and hope that the city’s historically disempowered youth would express themselves peacefully. With the case now in the hands of the jury, a law enforcement incident command post has […]

Former BART officer faces 40 years in prison


By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER July 5, 2010 |10:00 p.m. updated: July 6, 2010 | 10:41 p.m. On Wednesday Judge Robert Perry went over jury instructions with the attorneys outside the presence of the jury and discussed all possible charges that Johannes Mehserle would be eligible for if the jury decided to convict […]

Johannes Mehserle answering tough questions under cross examination


By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 27, 2010 | 11:49 p.m LOS ANGELES – In his second day of testimony Johannes Mehserle, the former BART officer that is accused of murder, described the events that led up to the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant. Under direct examination he explained that he did not […]

Defendant Johannes Mehserle testifies in BART murder trial

Cell Phone picture captures by Oscar Grant of Johannes Mehserle with TASER in hand moments for the fatal shooting.

By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 25, 2010 | 3:06 a.m updated: June 26, 2010 | 11:14 a.m. LOS ANGELES — On Thursday defense attorney Michael Rains, called defendant Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer accused of killing Oscar Grant on the Fruitvale platform, to the stand to testify in his own […]

New released footage of Johannes Mehserle shooting Oscar Grant

Johannes Mehserle on Fruitvale platform after shooting - Jan. 1, 2009

StreetGangs.com June 25, 2010 | 1:51 a.m. LOS ANGELES — The court has released some of the exhibits from the trial of Johannes Mehserle, who is accused of killing Oscar Grant on the Fruivale station of one of the BART lines. This never released footage was shot by passenger Tommy Cross and it offers an […]

BART officer provides evasive and contradictory testimony in Mehserle murder trial


By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 20, 2010 | 11:19 p.m. Last Thursday and Friday former BART officer Marysol Domenici testified during the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle and it was the most provocative testimony heard thus far. She testified for over four hours covering two days mostly under direct examination. Domenici was […]

Did former BART officer exaggerate threat on the night Oscar Grant was killed?

Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant - June 18, 2010

June 18, 2010 | 9:58 p.m. LOS ANGELES – On January 1, 2009, former BART officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed an unarmed Oscar Grant on the Fruitvale station in Oakland. Former BART police officers Anthony Pirone and Marysol Domenici were the first to respond to a report of a fight. On Thursday, Domenici testified […]

Suspected Oakland gang member arrested for Berkeley shooting


Doug Oakley (Contra Costa Times) June 18, 2010 Police arrested an Oakland man Wednesday evening who was wanted in connection with a May 20 south Berkeley shooting that left a man and woman in critical condition. Doran Williams Jr., 27, a suspected gang member, was arrested by Oakland police after a brief foot chase in […]

Did BART Officer call Oscar Grant “Bitch Ass Nigger” before being killed?


By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 13, 2010 | 11:01 p.m. Video tape shot on January 1, 2009 depicting the death of Oscar Grant presented during opening statements on Thursday reveals that BART officer Anthony Pirone was saying “bitch ass nigger” moments before Johannes Meserle pulled out his gun and shot Grant one […]

Jury Selection in the Johannes Mehserle case has begun in the shooting death of Oscar Grant

Oscar Grant III

By Alex A. Alonso STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER June 8, 2010 | 2:33 p.m. LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The trial of Johannes Mehserle, the ex BART police officer, charged in the murder of Oscar Grant III, 22 on New Years day last year has been moved to Los Angeles from Oakland. Mehserle shot and killed Grant […]

Judge OKs Oakland gang injunction


Kelly Rayburn (Oakland Tribune) 06/03/2010 OAKLAND — Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman has granted approval to Oakland’s proposed injunction against 15 members of a North Oakland street gang. The injunction aims to suppress the operations of North Side Oakland, a gang the city says is responsible for killings, robberies, drug dealing and other […]

Oakland Gang Injunction approved: Opt-out clause added to proposal


Sam Stoker (Oakland Local Contributor) 05/28/10 Amidst significant opposition, an Alameda County judge said Thursday he plans to approve City Attorney John Russo’s proposal to institute the city’s first gang injunction in North Oakland; paving the way for up to 12 more injunctions the city intends to propose in the near future. In Alameda County […]