Johannes Mehserle expected in court today

Johannes Mehserle's faces a civil trial in a case unrelated to Grant's death. A man is suing Mehserle and four other BART officers for allegedly using excessive force at the Oakland Coliseum station back in 2008.

According to the Examiner lawyers for BART said Ken Carrethers "verbally threatened" the officers and resisted arrest. The incident happened about six weeks before Mehserle shot and killed unarmed passenger Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station.

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