Oscar Grant Update

I know I have been gone (out of town, no computer – it was nice), but here’s an update on the goings-on of the pro-Mehserle camp (from Colorlines):

Mehserle’s father Todd told KTVU last week at the second Mehserle support rally: “He’s in the wrong place. We love him dearly. He grew up to be anybody he wanted to be and he chose public service. And this is his thanks for making a mistake. It’s very tragic and unfortunate.” Mehserle himself has spoken out. He wrote a letter to the public to try to clear his name while awaiting the jury’s verdict. Grant’s family rejected the letter as a publicity stunt, calling it a “ploy” to influence the judge into granting Mehserle a more lenient sentence.

Mehserle’s supporters have created a website for him, Justice4Johannes.com. The homepage copy reads, “Sometimes there’s justice…” on the left side of the screen, and “Sometimes there’s just us,” next to a photo of Mehserle with family. But Mehserle isn’t exactly alone. While Mehserle awaits his sentencing from inside an LA County jail, his Bay Area supporters have already staged two rallies, one in Walnut Creek and a second in San Jose. A third is planned for August 15 in the Bay Area suburb of Dublin.

Also, here is an article about simultaneous pro-Mehserle and pro-Grant rallies that took place in Walnut Creek last month.

In case you have forgotten the case, here are some write ups I did in the wake of Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter conviction (we are waiting on sentencing): here, here, here, here, and here.


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