Oscar Grant Family Members Say They Should Have Been Notified of Mehserle Appeal

By: Brian Shields - Fri, 11 May 2012 14:12:02 -0800

OAKLAND (KRON) -- Oscar Grant's parents say they shouldn't have had to learn that their son's convicted killer would be in court by seeing it on television.

Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle filed an appeal this week to his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of Grant, an unarmed BART passenger shot to death on the platform of the Fruitvale station.  Wanda Grant, the victim's mother, says she was denied the right to be in court when Mehserle presented his appeal to the court.

The Grant family tells reporters they had a commitment from the Alameda County District Attorney's office for a notification of any court action involving Mehserle.  They say D.A. Nancy O'Malley's office has admitted making a mistake in not issuing the notice.

Mehslerle has already served two years for the conviction.  Stil, a successful appeal could remove a felony conviction from his record and allow him to re-apply to be a police officer.  Mehserle quit his job with the BART police immediately after the shooting.

The Grant family expressed outrage at such a possibility saying it would be wrong to "put a gun back in that man's hands."

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the Mehserle appeal.

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