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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 13 May 2009

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- A former San Francisco Bay Area transit officer charged with killing an unarmed Black man is back in court for a hearing expected to shed more light on the shooting.
In testimony Monday, prosecutors played a cell phone video that shows police confronting 22-year-old Oscar Grant and his friends at a station in January.
The camera did not capture the shooting, but a gunshot is clearly audible and the sound provoked gasps when played in court.
The defense attorney says his client, Johannes Mehserle, intended to reach for his stun gun when he grabbed his pistol accidentally. The case enflamed tensions between police and the Black community. Mehserle is White and Grant was Black.
Outside the hearing, dozens of people protested.


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