By Youth Radio Editors
LOS ANGELES AND OAKLAND-In Los Angeles this morning, the sentencing hearing begins for former transit cop, Johannes Mehserle, who shot 22-year-old passenger Oscar Grant in the back on New Year's Day, 2009 after pinning him to a subway station platform. Mehserle was found guilty in early July of involuntary manslaughter. Grant's supporters wanted a murder conviction.
Youth Radio's been covering the racially charged case and its aftermath since the day Grant was killed. We've organized the coverage into the following themes: The Case, Citizen Journalism, Impact, and Protests.
Youth Radio's online magazine (scroll down and click on the cover to flip through) documents the 20 months following the shooting. Starting today, we'll be filling the magazine's final pages with our reporting on Mehserle's sentencing -- and with reflections gathered from you. If you're in Oakland, please add your thoughts to the blank pages we've posted throughout downtown. We'll scan and add them to the Grant Station Magazine. Or you can add your comments below, and we'll incorporate your contributions.
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