Today, jurors resume deliberations in the case against Johannes Mehserle, deciding whether the former BART cop murdered unarmed rider Oscar Grant, is guilty of manslaughter, or should be outright acquitted. Based on the subsequent reaction of an angry mob, those 12 men and women may also be deciding whether or not blood will run down the streets.
If enraged citizens do riot here, it will be up to the San Francisco Police Department to deal with it. In doing so, they'll be finding one more reason to curse the onetime BART policeman. In the year and a half since Mehserle fired his gun into the prone Grant's back — a scenario that may never be adequately explained — your humble narrator has discussed the situation with a number of San Francisco cops. None of them had much sympathy for Mehserle.