Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 9:35 am in BART.
Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing Oscar Grant in 2009, is back in the news as a federal civil trial begins Monday in San Francisco into allegations that he and four other BART police officers used excessive force in roughing up a train rider. The confrontation occurred at the BART Coliseum station in November 2008, seven weeks before Mehserle’s shooting of an unarmed Grant was caught on video and sent around the world via the Internet.Kenneth Carrethers , 43, is seeking damages against Mehserle, who has left the force, and the four officers, who remain. Carrethers has asserted the officers roughed him up after he made remarks questioning the usefulness of BART police. Carrethers was reportedly frustrated over his car being broken into outside BART. According to press accounts, the BART officers say Carrethers cursed and threatened officers
Charges against Carrethers of resisting arrest were later dropped.