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BART officer arrested in connection with New Year's Day shooting [Tuesday, Jan. 13th, 2009|10:11 pm]
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UPDATE: The Alameda County judge didn't just sign an arrest warrant; it was a fugitive warrant. (Hat-tip, erg.)

http://cbs2.com/national/bart.officer.arrested.2.907738.html


(01-13) 21:36 PST Oakland -- Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform on New Year's Day, was arrested in Nevada today in connection with the shooting, The Chronicle has learned.

Mehserle, 27, was taken into custody in Douglas County, Nevada, said Deputy Steve Velez of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The arrest was also confirmed by David Chai, chief of staff to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums.

Mehserle was arrested in connection with an investigation by the Oakland Police Department into the shooting of Oscar Grant, 22. An Alameda County judge signed an arrest warrant, and Mehserle surrendered without incident, authorities said.

Douglas County sheriff's officials refused to disclose what crime Mehserle was accused of committing in the arrest warrant. Deputy Velez said Sheriff Ron P. Pierini would make a statement on Wednesday.

Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff was also expected to announce details of the arrest Wednesday.

Efforts to reach attorneys for Mehserle were unsuccessful.

The arrest comes on the eve of a scheduled protest at 4 p.m. Wednesday outside Oakland City Hall, the latest in a series of demonstrations in which BART has been accused of mishandling the shooting investigation.

On Monday, BART police turned over the results of their preliminary investigation to Orloff's office. The separate investigation by Oakland police was launched last week. The state Attorney General is also monitoring the case.

BART officers had detained Grant and several other passengers at about 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 as they investigated a fight aboard a train from San Francisco.

Grant was lying face-down when Mehserle pulled his service weapon from his holster and fired one shot into his back.

Mehserle resigned last Wednesday rather than answer questions from BART investigators.

His departure came the same day Grant was buried and a peaceful protest at the Fruitvale BART Station erupted into violence in downtown Oakland. Demonstrators set cars on fire and broke windows at dozens of businesses. By night's end, police arrested 105 people.

Chronicle Staff Writers Jaxon Van Derbeken and christopher heredia contributed to this report. E-mail the writers at dbulwa@sfchronicle.com and lfulbright@sfchronicle.com.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/13/BAM615A08A.DTL

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Why was he in Nevada? Beats the hell out of me. Also, don't read the comments. It's just not worth it.
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[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2009-01-14 06:18 am (UTC)
NEVADA!

That's ballsy.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-14 07:07 am (UTC)
One person's saying he heard he was a fugitive; most are suggesting he was in protective custody. *shrugs*
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[User Picture]From: erg
2009-01-14 06:26 am (UTC)
Bart Police, let's just take away their guns. They don't need a law degree to be hired.

Oh, and could we stop paying for Proof of Payment checkers? I know it's a very expensive ticket on the mainly poor who skip out on paying the fare and slipping through the back doors, but seriously, do we really need to be giving anyone the full time job to do this stuff? Multiple people? Insane. Fire them, not social workers.



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[User Picture]From: jette
2009-01-14 06:28 am (UTC)
Also, don't read the comments. It's just not worth it.

I was just telling Mikki on her post that SFGate = don't read the comments for just about any story.

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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-14 06:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a waste of time. You don't need to leave Livejournal to see that much stupid on parade.
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[User Picture]From: intoner
2009-01-14 06:38 am (UTC)
maybe he was relocated over there? I remember reading something about him being moved several times due to death threats.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-14 06:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's what most folks are guessing, though I find it curious that they wouldn't say so. Could still be the case, tho.
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[User Picture]From: mysterc
2009-01-14 06:39 am (UTC)
Makes sense to go to Nevada, his name and adressed were published and his family was receiving death threats.

Why oh why did I not heed your warning on not reading the comments? I am actually scared of what the moderators removed.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-14 06:45 am (UTC)
I think I looked at 2 and kept it moving.
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[User Picture]From: und1sk0
2009-01-14 06:41 am (UTC)
I sure as shit wouldn't be anywhere in the Bay Area if I was him.

I'm just surprised that the Alameda County Sheriffs Department or CA B of I didn't ask him to stay in the state. "Thin blue line," I guess.

Did you see this?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/09/new.orleans.shooting/
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-14 06:46 am (UTC)
Yep. Saw that a couple days ago. Also, the shooting in Houston. I guess it's open season.
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[User Picture]From: conditionbronze
2009-01-14 06:42 am (UTC)
reading pages and pages of comments articles is how I engage in self abuse.

Also just heard he actually got caught as a fugitive. So I guess he did try to flee.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-14 06:46 am (UTC)
RILLY? Do you have a link?
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[User Picture]From: latemodel
2009-01-14 07:43 am (UTC)
I totally thought you meant not to read the comments in your journal.

So of course I was like, ooh dramaaaa!

And here I am.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-14 07:46 am (UTC)
Go back a couple entries if you feel like rubber-necking. It's given me brain damage.
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[User Picture]From: unwoman
2009-01-14 09:11 am (UTC)
This is great news!
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[User Picture]From: mysterc
2009-01-14 11:35 am (UTC)
I'm Sorry, but I just had a vision of Dog the bounty hunter finding this guy in Vegas...

Nevermind.
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[User Picture]From: tristan_crane
2009-01-14 04:45 pm (UTC)

Awesome.

Yeah, leaving the state? That looks good. Not at all like you know you're in the wrong and are running away.

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