Johannes Mehserle

*A former transit police officer deliberately shot and killed an unarmed passenger on an Oakland subway platform while helping another officer who was mistreating a group of men suspected of fighting on a train, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.

Johannes Mehserle, 28, is charged with murder in the New Year’s Day 2009 shooting of Oscar J. Grant III, whose killing sparked outrage and violence in Oakland. The trial was moved to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom amid concern about the extensive media coverage of the killing in the Bay Area.

Alameda County Deputy Dist. Atty. David R. Stein told jurors that the shooting followed an ugly confrontation in which one of Mehserle’s fellow officers shouted a racial slur at Grant, who had been detained with his friends on the platform.

“The shooting death of Oscar Grant was the result of emotion taking over discipline,” Stein said during opening statements in the trial. “It was the result of anger taking over judgment.”

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