BART fires cop who helped detain Oscar Grant


originally published by: FSGate
26th March 2010

BART’s police department has fired an officer who helped detain train rider Oscar Grant before he was fatally shot by a second officer at Oakland’s Fruitvale Station on Jan. 1, 2009.

Marysol Domenici, 29, was fired Wednesday by interim Police Chief Dash Butler. He followed the recommendation of a law firm BART hired to do an independent internal affairs probe into the shooting by former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who faces a murder trial this summer.

Butler confirmed the move Thursday in a brief interview. He said he could not go into detail about the reasons for the firing because of privacy rights.

Domenici's attorney, Alison Berry Wilkinson, said her client had done nothing wrong, was a scapegoat in a “political decision” meant to placate the public, and would appeal her firing to an arbitrator.

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