Doctor testifies in California murder trial of former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officerBy Greg Risling, AP
Monday, June 14, 2010
Doctor testifies in Calif. transit shooting trial
LOS ANGELES — A doctor recounted for jurors in California on Monday how he and others tried to save an unarmed black man who was shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer last year on an Oakland rail platform.
Dr. Alden Harken, chief of surgery at Alameda County Medical Center, testified in Los Angeles that Oscar Grant suffered massive internal bleeding that led to his death.
Grant was shot in 2009 by then-officer Johannes Mehserle, who has pleaded not guilty to murder. The defendant, who is white, was among police called when Grant became involved in an altercation.
The trial was moved from Alameda County because of violence sparked by racial tensions and intense media coverage.
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Mass Transit Systems, North America, Transportation, United States, Violent Crime