[[UPDATE 6:39 PM, 6/8/11: Bobby "Cephus" Johnson, Oscar Grant's uncle, told The Informant that he was notified earlier today that Mehserle will be released sometime on Monday morning, at some point between 12 AM and 8:30 AM. "He will be released Monday morning at some time, no one knows exactly when," said Johnson. "There's a lot of games being played" with Mehserle's release date, Johnson added.]]
Former BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle will be released from custody at the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail on Sunday, June 12th.
Relatives of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old Hayward resident Mehserle shot and killed on the Fruitvale station platform on January 1, 2009, were notified of Mehserle’s impending release by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation this week.
Grant’s family received notice of Mehserle’s release thanks to 2008′s Proposition 9, a victim’s rights ballot measure that requires relatives of a crime victim to be contacted for input in the release of the person found culpable for that crime.
There have been several instances of civil unrest in Oakland at key points in the Grant saga, most recently last November after Mehserle was sentenced to serve two years in prison by Los Angeles County Judge Robert Perry. Oakland Police have said they are prepared for any disturbances.
Relatives and supporters of Oscar Grant are planning two rallies on Sunday: at 3 PM at the Fruitvale BART station and at 5:30 PM at the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland. There will also be a protest in Los Angeles on the day of Mehserle’s release at the Los Angeles County Courthouse. After the hearing in Judge Perry’s courtroom, protesters will gather outside the U.S. Federal Building in Downtown LA to demand the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mehserle for Grant’s death.