This video captures the reaction before and after the shooting incident. It shows the officer firing on Grant, and the reaction from fellow BART Police officers who appear to react with surprise that the unidentified officer shot the suspect in the back.
Many have commented that the police seemed surprised after the shooting. Some say maybe the BART officer Johannes Mehserle mistook his Taser for a gun, but a criminology professor says otherwise.
George Kirkham, a professor of criminology at the Florida State University who also viewed the footage, said he finds that hard to believe because most Taser stun guns do not look or feel like pistols, and the officer fired in a manner consistent with a handgun, not a Taser.
Another angle of the shooting. Not protesting. Shot in the back.
I lived in LA when the Rodney King beating trial verdict found the LAPD officers not guilty and the city burned in response. Don’t need to live through something like that again. Let’s hope Sue and I and the rest of the S.F. Bay Area never see streets we’ve driven down many times filled with burning buildings.
My advice to the authorities: No coverups. No stonewalling. Play it fair and open. Be honest. If people think you’re playing straight with them, then they will respond in kind. And accept that people are furious, with good reason.