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  •  Um - this is more than a "screw up" (6+ / 0-)

    I can tell you, as a person very well trained with hand-guns and other arms, that it is impossible to mistake a taser for a service weapon.

    The only reason he got the light sentence he did (time served - and not even in prison - he was in jail) was because the trial venue was moved out of the Bay area, to Los Angeles, and interestingly,  there were no African Americans on the jury.

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 05:44:01 AM PDT

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    •  Didn't know there were no blacks on the jury... (0+ / 0-)

      That makes all the difference in the world. That was the subject of my last diary.

    •  Judge decides sentence, not the jury (2+ / 0-)
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      Do you really think he decided to kill Grant in front of everyone?

      Mistaking a taser for a gun may be hard, but people have done stupider things.

      For example, when I used to do sky driving we studied fatal accidents to understand how they happened and make sure they did not happen to us.

      One experienced sky diver jumped out of a plane without a parachute.  There was a camera man on the jump filming him as well.  The sky diver's reaction when he tried to pull his ripcord and realized he was not wearing a parachute had to be seen to be believed.

      •  The jury had 3 conviction options, so... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...racial diversity really did matter.  The judge gave jurors three conviction options: second-degree murder (with a sentence of 15 years to life in prison), voluntary manslaughter (3 to 11 years), or involuntary manslaughter (2 to 4 years); in addition the jury could have decided to acquit. At the very least, Officer Mehserle should've served the max possible sentence of 4 years since he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. IMO, 11 months wasn't enough.

        •  Given that Mehserle was not drunk or on drugs (0+ / 0-)

          and that he wasn't doing something obviously dangerous and with disregard for Grant's safety like playing with his gun when he accidentally shot him that seems excessive.

          Can you explain why you think Mehserle's case deserved the maximum punishment for involuntary manslaughter?

          Or can you explain why you think voluntary manslaughter was appropriate?  Was there any evidence at all that Mehserle intended to kill Grant?

          •  Why did Mehserle deserve more than... (0+ / 0-)

            11 months for snapping and killing an unarmed man who was laying face down and already under police control? If you don't get that, I have no answer that will satisfy you.

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