On Monday, June 13th, Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed 23 year old Oscar Grant was released from jail at 12:01am without the family of Oscar Grant being informed that he was going to be released. He was released earlier than scheduled because he had earned enough “custody credits.”
If Mehserle was released for good conduct then why hasn’t Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jammal been released. I’m pretty sure, Peltier and Mumia along with hundreds of political prisoners have earned enough “custody credits” for them to release early. Why haven’t they been released early. And they are in jail for allegations not for killing another human being. Mehserle killed a young African-American.
The release of Mehserle is a clear example of institutional racism that continues in this country. Let’s be real. If it was an African-American BART police officer who accidentally used his gun and shot and killed a 23 year old white male, the police officer would have been doing life in jail. No custody credits would have released him early. He would not have been release at 12:01am the following day. No person of color would ever see the light if he ended killing an innocent white male.
For those who are not familiar with this case. Here is footage of Oscar Grant being killed by Mehserle.