Oscar Grant was an ex convict and black man who was being arrested for fighting on a commuter train on New Year’s day in 2009 at an Oakland BART station. In the process, Mr. Grant was shot in the back by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, a white man. Subsequently, a firestorm of racial tension erupted.
Mehserle claims “he thought he was firing a Taser, not a gun.” Others, mainly the black community, claim that Mehserle purposely shot Grant in the back. If that were the case, then maybe he should have plead not guilty by reason of insanity, because you’d have to be completely nuts to shoot a guy in the back in cold blood in front of about a hundred angry people with cell phone cameras.