Controversial BART shooting will become a movie


originally by: Millbrae Patch
published: 23 April 2012

Hayward resident Oscar Grant III’s life will make it to the big screen in a movie titled “Fruitvale,” the name of the Oakland BART station where he was gunned down by a now-former BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009.

Twenty-two-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed by BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, 29, who said he had mistaken his service gun for his Taser stun gun after he responded to a reported fight at the Fruitvale BART station around 2 a.m.

Grant family attorney John Burris said “the movie is designed to be a positive one” that will illustrate Grant’s life and the night he was killed, although his death will be a small portion of the film.

Burris, who has read the screenplay and coordinated between the writer and Grant’s family, said the movie will not include Mehserle’s trial and other legal matters connected to the shooting.

Additionally, he said the film is not a commentary on police.

Instead it will focus on how Grant was trying to turn his life around with his girlfriend and young daughter just before he was killed.

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