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06/02/2010 04:07 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jury Selection Begins For BART Police Officer Accused Of Murdering Oscar Grant

Via KTLA: Prospective jurors are expected to answer more than 120 questions Wednesday in preparation for the emotionally-charged trial of Johannes Mehserle, the former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed man in Oakland.

Mehserle, who is white, is accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was black, on New Year's Day 2009.

Video recordings of the slaying was shown across the Internet and led to some violent protests. The trial was moved from the San Francisco area to Los Angeles because of extensive media coverage and racial tensions.

KNBC got hold of the questionnaire given to potential jurors. Among the questions:

* What do you like best about your neighborhood?
* What do you like least about your neighborhood?
* How important is religion in your life?
* What types of books do you read?
* How often do you watch TV?
* Do you consider yourself an expert on any subject?
* Have you ever written a letter to the editor?
* How familiar are you with the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland?
* Have you, friend or relative ever been shot, or shot at?
* Have you, friends or relative even had a gun pointed at them?
* Have you, friends or relatives ever used a taser or seen a taser used?
* What is your opinion of the crime situation in Oakland?
* What is your opinion of the crime situation in your neighborhood?
* Do police officers lie?
* Have you ever considered working in law enforcement?
* Have you or anyone close to you ever had a bad experience with a police officer?
* Could you fire a gun in self-defense?
* Should police officers be treated differently than civilians if they break the law?
* Will the fact that a white police officer shot and killed a black man make it difficult for you to be a fair and impartial juror in this case?
* Do you have an opinion as to whether racial discrimination is a problem in Oakland?
* Have you every seen a police officer act inappropriately?
* If you are selected as a juror in this case, do you anticipate any negative reactions by friends or family if you find the defendant guilty? If you find the defendant not guilty?
* Would you like to serve on this jury? Why?

Watch KTLA's report on the case:
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