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Oscar Grant III was a 22-year-old African-American man who was killed in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009 by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California. Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco, BART Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. BART officer Anthony Pirone kneed Grant in the head and forced Grant to lie face down on the platform. Mehserle drew his pistol and shot Grant. Grant was rushed to Highland Hospital in Oakland and pronounced dead later that day. The events were captured on multiple official and private digital video and privately owned cell phone cameras. Owners disseminated their footage to media outlets and to various websites where it went viral. Both peaceful and violent protests took place in the following days.
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    • Oscar Grant III 

    • Johannes Mehserle 

    • Incident 

    • Video evidence 

    • Influence of videos 

    • BART review and investigation process 

    • Aftermath 

    • Fruitvale protest and march; downtown rioting 

    • Dellums' appearance and rioting flare up 

    • Criminal trial 

    • Bail hearing 

    • Plea and jury selection 

    • Taser confusion 

    • Closing arguments and verdict 

    • BART 

    • Public 

    • Protests 

    • Civil lawsuits 

    • In popular culture