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BART To Pay $1.3 Million To Oscar Grant’s Mother

The mother of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a transit office in 2009, was awarded $1.3 million from the Bay Area Rapid Transit on Tuesday.

According to reports by CBS News:

The payment to Wanda Johnson, coupled with a $1.5 million payment last year to Grant’s young daughter, Tatiana Grant, settles a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit that Oakland attorney John Burris filed in federal court on behalf of Grant’s family in 2009, reports CBS station KPIX.

The total payment of $2.8 million represents only 5.6 percent of the $50 million that Grant’s family had sought.

At a new conference at Burris’ office, Johnson said she was glad the lawsuit has been settled but added, “No amount of money could replace Oscar, and my heart still grieves for my son,” the station reports.

Earlier this month, former BART officer Johannes Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of Oscar Grant, was released from prison early for good conduct, after serving just 11 months of a two-year sentence.

Grant’s uncle, Cephus “Bobby” Johnson, said on Tuesday that his family, along with a foundation in Grant’s name, will continue to monitor BART’s police reforms, which include increased officer and firearm training to insure they take place as proposed.

“What’s sad for us as a family is we’ve spoken from day one that we want accountability and an apology,” Johnson said. “There’s many more battles on this front and we’re going to fight it.”


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