originally by: Huff Post
published: 21st November 2011
Only months after being released from prison for the shooting death of Oscar Grant, Johannes Mehserle is headed to court in a civil case alleging that the former BART police officer used excessive force during the 2008 arrest of Kenneth Carrethers at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station. In a case expected to hear opening arguments as early as this Tuesday, Carrethers has accused Mehserle, along with three other BART officers, of police brutality.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred only two months prior to the Grant shooting, the latter of which drew widespread condemnation and sparked a destructive riot in Downtown Oakland immediately following a jury’s conviction of Mehserle for involuntary manslaughter–a decision many found excessively lenient.
On the evening of November 15, 2008, Carrethers, who had recently had his car broken into outside of a BART station, alleges he was heard by a group of BART officers verbally deriding the agency’s police force as “useless.”
Carrethers, who is African American, was initially charged with resisting arrest, but those charges were later dropped after Mehserle’s subsequent arrest.