Let the Rioting Begin Comments on Stories, posted by Mike, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2010 at 12:17 am
Today the defense will probably rest in the trial of former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle trial for murder. The prosecution will have its rebuttal the jury will then be given the case. I don't believe there is any way Mehserle will be convicted of murder. The elements of the crime are not and were not there when he was charged.
Here is what the California Penal code says of PC 187 - Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.
That means Mehserle purposely took out his gun and meant to shoot Grant in back in front of everyone.
The murder charge was political and only brought to calm everyone down.
I don't know if Mehserle can be convicted of a lesser charge. From everything I know at best he should have been charged with Negligent Homicide. Meaning he didn't mean to do it but because he was poorly trained and was probably someone who shouldn't have been an officer he made a mistake. That's unfortunate but it happens and life sucks.
The Grant family should sue and take the money they get which will probable be in the millions.
Being a police officer is a hard job and its not for everyone. Unfortunately some morons get past the process and end up on the streets. I work with a couple of them and keep a sharp eye on them when I'm around. It's only a matter of time until they do something stupid that will get my City sued or someone killed.
So everyone get ready for the riots in Oakland sometime later this week. Luckily I'll be out of town but if the riots go until Sunday and Monday I'll be there trying to keep the peace.
Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2010 at 7:09 am
A tragic situation however you look at it. One that could have been avoided all together when you break it down, one that can never be made "right".
Some people are just looking for an excuse to riot. There will be those that riot regardless of the outcome. I hope these individuals are caught and punished to the full extent of the law. In fact, this is one area where I think additional legislation should be put in place to add additional punishment to those engaging in malicious, intentional behavior as the result of an event outcome (i.e. Lakers victory, jury decision, etc)
I assume you are a police officer based on your post, good luck to you and please stay safe.
Posted by Thin blue line, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2010 at 8:13 am
I only hope that Oakland has the sense to bunker down and nip any disturbance in the bud. There is no inherent right to riot and destroy property. I feel sorry for the businesses in Oakland, the residents who have to walk the streets and the victims of crime who must deal with this on a daily basis. Yes, I use to live in Oakland and Piedmont and yes crime was a major factor in moving. I have never regretted that move. Again, button down the hatches Oakland and nip it the bud.
Posted by Maja7, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Mike, Thank you for your service to the Law Enforcement Community. As I have family in Law Enforcement, I know what an exhausting job (mentally & physically) it is. I believe that most people/citizens do not know the pressure and complexity of this career.
Unfortunately, I believe there will be riots in Oakland and possibly Los Angeles no matter what the verdict. I sincerely hope I am wrong. It is a tragic situation for all involved and their families. So many bad decisions came together to make the situation happen.