BART Police Officer Jon Woffinden, called to the stand yesterday by defense attorney Michael Rains, had said that he had thought that Mehserle had deployed his Taser, and said that he had a personal as well as professional relationship with him.
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Jackie Bryson, 23, was with Grant when Mehserle shot and killed the Hayward man as he lay prone on the platform of Fruitvale BART station on January 1, 2009.
Detective Alex Hidas, an 8-year veteran of the San Leandro Police force, was conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle Grant was traveling in because the officer was temporarily blinded by its high-beam headlights.
Alameda County Deputy District Attorney David Stein called five witnesses — three of them BART employees — to the stand Monday and played a synchronized video showing the incident as captured from six different angles by bystanders and a security camera side by side.
Former BART Police Officer Anthony Pirone gave the command for Johannes Mehserle to arrest Oscar Grant in the moments before Mehserle fatally shot the 22-year-old as he lay prone on the platform at Fruitvale BART.
Former BART Police Officer Marysol Domenici, whose role in the events leading up to the shooting of unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant by former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle has sparked controversy, took the witness stand this morning in Mehserle’s second-degree murder trial.
Firearms training was in the spotlight this morning as experts testified that movements made by former BART Police officer Johannes Mehersle to release the weapon holstered at his right hip were inconsistent with the proper way to draw a gun.