Family of Oscar Grant attends memorial on anniversary of killing 

To mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Oscar Grant III by a BART police officer last New Year's Day, community members and family of the Hayward man held a peaceful rally on Friday.

Grant's family, including his 5-year-old daughter, were among the several hundred people who attended the mid-day event at the Fruitvale station to mark the anniversary of Grant's death.

The event was low-key and followed an arrest-free New Year's Eve for BART this year.

BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger said in a statement that she was happy that this holiday turned out well for the agency.

"We couldn't be more pleased at how this New Year's Eve turned out," Dugger said.

BART carried about 87,800 passengers between 8 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday.  The transit agency assigned about 150 police officers, nearly 50 percent more than previous years, to patrol the system during the holiday. San Francisco and Oakland police officers and deputies from the San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa County sheriff's departments also assisted near the stations during the evening.

The incident-free night stood in stark contrast to last year's holiday, when former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed the 22-year-old Grant, who was unarmed, at the Fruitvale station in Oakland.

Mehserle, 27, and other officers had responded to reports of a fight on a train.

Mehserle has been charged with murder and is expected to stand trial sometime next year. His case has been moved to Los Angeles because a judge ruled it would be difficult for Mehserle to get a fair trial in Alameda County due to the extensive publicity the incident has received.

Mehserle's lawyer, Michael Rains, has admitted that Mehserle shot and killed Grant, but claims Mehserle meant to use his Taser to stun Grant and used his gun by mistake.

             

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