Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.
By: Denise Tejada & Nick Bellizzi
Tomorrow in Los Angeles, the testimony begins in the murder trial of former transit cop Johannes Mehserle.
Twenty-two year old Oscar Grant was unarmed when he was allegedly shot and killed by Mehserle on New Year’s Day 2009. The shooting took place at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in East Oakland, California. Mehserle has pleaded not guilty in Grant’s murder.
The jury in Mehserle’s trial consists of eight women and four men--seven are white, four are Hispanic, and one is Indian. No African Americans were selected as jurors. Mehserle is white and Grant was a black man. Young people in the San Francisco Bay Area were surprised to hear about the racial makeup of the jury for a case in which race became a significant issue for the community in the aftermath of the shooting.
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