Mehserle's Letter of Apology
Ex BART cop Johannes Mehserle wrote a letter of apology that CNN got its hands on and I have to say it's pretty moving.
A former police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing an unarmed man in Oakland, California, apologized to the public and described his memories of the moments after the shooting in a handwritten letter obtained by CNN.
In the letter, Johannes Mehserle said he was "truly sorry" for killing Oscar Grant.
"For now, and forever, I will live, breathe, sleep, and not sleep with the memory of Mr. Grant screaming 'you shot me' and me putting my hands on the bullet wound thinking the pressure would help while I kept telling him 'you'll be okay,'" Mehserle says in the letter. "I tried to tell myself that maybe this shot would not be so serious, but I recall how sick I felt when Mr. Grant stopped talking, closed his eyes and seemed to change his breathing."
Mehserle's letter was dated July 4, four days before a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shooting 22-year-old Grant on an Oakland train platform on January 1, 2009.
Mehserle, who was on duty as a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer at the time of the incident, said at the trial that he intended to draw and fire his Taser rather than his gun, CNN affiliate KTVU reported.
"I have and will continue to live everyday of my life knowing that Mr. Grant should not have been shot," his letter said. "No words can express how truly sorry I am."
Last night's "riot" was lame (as was sort of expected) and simmered down before midnight, like most of the Bay Area does.