The ex-Bart police officer, Johannes Mehserle, was arrested after the execution style shooting of unarmed black man Oscar Grant on New Years Eve. The cop resigned from his job and fled California to avoid the criminal consequences of the public shooting on a train platform.
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The former transit police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man at a California train station went to Nevada with his family "to clear his mind" after receiving death threats, his lawyer said Wednesday.
The lawyer's comments came after Johannes Mehserle was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Nevada.
Leads led investigators to Johannes Mehserle, 27, in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, on Tuesday, authorities said. He was contacted through his attorney and then surrendered.
"He was always prepared to surrender himself in the case," Christopher Miller, attorney for Johannes Mehserle said.
Mehserle waived extradition, and police officers were transporting him back to California on Wednesday.
Miller said his client may face arraignment as early as Thursday morning.
The lawyer spoke of Mehserle, 27, as "a fine officer with an excellent work history" adding "this case is not just about a video." Miller was referring to a cell phone video that captured the shooting. source
A FORMER police officer has been charged with murder after an unarmed man was shot dead on the San Francisco subway.
Johannes Mehserle, a former Bay Area Rapid Transit agency police officer, was arrested this week at a home near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
He is being held over the New Year's Day shooting death of Oscar Grant, who was lying on the ground after being pulled off a San Francisco area train by police investigating reports of fighting.
Mr Mehserle resigned from the rapid transit unit on January 7, hours before a protest in Oakland turned violent and resulted in more than 100 arrests.
Mr Mehserle is white and Mr Grant was black.
The shooting was recorded by passengers using mobile phones and the video has been widely circulated on the internet and TV.
Alameda County district attorney Tom Orloff said Mr Mehserle was charged with murder because evidence showed Mr Grant was the victim of an intentional killing.
Mr Grant's family is suing the rapid transit unit for $US25 million ($38 million).
A lawyer representing the family praised authorities for arresting Mr Mehserle and called it "a very first step" of what was expected to be a long process. source