Lee asks Dept of Justice to review Mehserle trial

July 13, 2010 10:24:50 PM PDT
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, is asking the Department Of Justice to review the trial of former BART police office Johannes Mehserle.

On Tuesday, Lee asked Attorney General Eric Holder to make sure all civil rights statutes were properly enforced.

Last Thursday, a jury convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter in Oscar Grant's killing.

The Justice Department replied by saying it and the FBI have an open investigation into the fatal shooting, and will conduct an independent review after Mehserle's sentencing.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said he also would ask the Justice Department to get involved at the request of Grant's family.