Rally against Mehserle change of venue

October 22, 2009 7:33:21 PM PDT
In Oakland, protestors rallied against the change of venue ruling in the case of a former BART police officer accused of shooting an unarmed passenger.

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Johannes Mehserle is accused of shooting and killing Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale station on New Year's Day.

Last week, an Alameda County judge ruled that Mehserle couldn't get a fair trial, in part because of pre-trial publicity, and ordered it moved.

However, a spokesman for the protestors said he believes a local jury is capable of rendering a fair judgment. He said Thursday's rally is part of a nationwide protest aimed at stopping police brutality.

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