As Trial Begins, All Quiet on Oscar Grant Protest Front

Jury selection wrapped up yesterday in the trial of former BART cop Johannes Mehserle, charged in the Jan. 1, 2009 shooting death of 22-year old East Bay man Oscar Grant.

Not even that process could proceed without controversy: no black people were selected for the jury, which will consist of seven Latino people and five white folk. That led to some predictable angry statement-making — “We could have stayed in Oakland for this,” said one of Grant's friends, present in LA for the hearing — but thus far it has not led to any any protesting.

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