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California prosecutor will not charge second former officer in the 2009 killing of Oscar Grant

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Following the reopening an investigation into the 2009 fatal police shooting of Oscar Grant, no charges will be brought against a second former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer, the Alameda County district attorney said in a statement Monday.

(CNN)Following the reopening an investigation into the 2009 fatal police shooting of Oscar Grant, no charges will be brought against a second former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer, the Alameda County district attorney said in a statement Monday.

Following demands from Grant's family, District Attorney Nancy O'Malley reopened an investigation in October into another officer, Anthony Pirone, who was terminated following an internal investigation.

According to a report prepared at the time, Pirone hit Grant and used profanity and the N-word during the incident, and later lied to investigators about Grant's actions, claiming Grant hit Pirone's partner and kicked Pirone in the groin.

The district attorney said that there was no evidence to show that Pirone acted with an intention to kill or cause Mehserle to kill Grant, or that he might have known it would happen.

Pirone then saw Grant walking between the train cars and used profanity to order him to get off the train.

Pirone told investigators he saw Grant "attacking" his partner.

"There is no indication that Grant kneed Pirone in the groin as he claims. "

Later, Pirone forced Grant to sit back down before hitting Grant in the face with his left knee in an "unprovoked" attack.

An autopsy would later suggest "the possible conclusion" that injuries Grant suffered to the face were due to the actions of Pirone, whose use of force, investigators wrote, "did not appear reasonable, justifiable or excusable. "

Pirone admitted to using the N-word during the encounter, but said it was in response to Grant directing the word at the BART officer.

Investigators ultimately called for Pirone to be fired because of his unwarranted use of force against Grant, his inappropriate use of language and untruthfulness about his own actions, among other policy violations.

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