A former San Francisco Bay area transit officer convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed black man is getting released from jail after serving only 11 months of a two-year sentence.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry ruled yesterday (June 10) that with good-conduct credits and time served, Johannes Mehserle has to be released Monday.
Mehserle shot 22-year old Oscar Grant once in the back as he lay face down on an Oakland train station platform New Years's 2009. Grant was initially pulled off the train for allegedly getting into a fight.
Videotape of the incident, which was caught on camera by train passengers outraged the Oakland community.
Mehserle would later claim at his trial that he mistook his handgun for his taser.
He received two year sentence for involuntary manslaughter after jurors ruled that he didn't intend to kill Bell, but was negligent in the way he handled the situation.
News of his pending release already has a lot of people upset and protests are already planned in Oakland and Los Angeles.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said city officials are ready in case things get out of hand.
“Although we expect peaceful gatherings, we do not anticipate nor will we tolerate vandalism or violence. The Oakland Police Department is prepared to respond if personal safety or property are at risk," Quan said in a statement.