OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency has hired an organization of black law enforcement executives to conduct a review of the department following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer.
The agency's board of directors Thursday awarded the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives a $128,000 contract to assess BART police's diversity and the training officers receive about cultural awareness and the use of force, among other things.
The group is also expected to review the agency's internal investigation and hiring practices.
Twenty-two-year-old Oscar Grant was gunned down by officer Johannes Mehserle as he lay face down on a BART platform on New Year's Day.
Mehserle has pleaded not guilty to murder.