Pro-Mehserle rally coming to Bay Area

Every lunacy has a champion to defend it.

If you think Mehserle is just totally innocent and are baffled why a misguided jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the little bitty mishap of shooting Oscar Grant in the back, then you need to be at the Support Mehersle rally this Monday.

The only question is, will there be 5 times more counter protesters or 10 times more?

The pro-BART cop rally, which is sure to bring out the sanity-estranged from both sides, happens next Monday, July 19, between 2 p.m. — 5 p.m. at the Walnut Creek Courthouse 640 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

I’d rather be set on fire than attend and watch the combatants howl at each other.

Johannes Mehserle’s public apology letter

SFist has the PDF and full letter. Mehserle wrote it four days before the verdict.

Excerpts.

For now, and forever I will live, breathe, sleep, and not sleep with the memory of Mr. Grant screaming “You shot me” and putting my hands on the bullet wound thinking the pressure would help while I kept telling him “You’ll be okay!” I tried to tell myself that maybe this shot would not be so serious, but I recall how sick I felt when Mr. Grant stopped talking, closed his eyes and seemed to change his breathing.

Then why did you shoot him?

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the shooting, just like they did for the Rodney King beating trial

Mehserle conviction and cell phone video

A primary reason Mehserle was convicted was the multiple cell phone videos of the shooting taken by BART passengers. They showed conclusively that Oscar Grant was lying prone on his stomach and that Mehserle shot him in the back. Thus the focus of the trial was on why, not if, Mehserle did it.

We may increasingly live in a surveillance society but cuts both ways. Citizens can watch the authorities too.