Clips from BART Police dispatch recordings during the events leading up to the shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant by former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on the Fruitvale BART platform in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009 were made available Thursday by the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The dispatch communications clips record some of the radio chatter amongst police officers who responded to reports of a fight aboard a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train that night.
Mehserle is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Grant. His trial was moved to Los Angeles County over concerns about whether he would receive a fair trial in Alameda County.
Transcripts of these clips from the recordings were released Tuesday.
In one of the clips released, a dispatcher clearly tells an officer no weapons are involved in the fight. Some BART Police officers who were present, including controversial former Officer Anthony Pirone, have given the possibility that Grant and his friends were armed as one reason for their perceived aggressive behavior.