Confusing the left and right is merely an annoying “brain quirk” for some people, but for police officer Johannes Mehserle it could mean a lengthy prison sentence and a catalyst for riots in the streets of Oakland.
Mehserle is the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer who shot an unarmed Oscar King, a young man with a troubled history who minutes before had been removed from the mass-transit car for unruly behavior on New Year’s Day of 2010. One news report, including footage of the shooting, is featured below. The Wikipedia entry on the incident is here.
Mehserle contended that he was reaching for his taser (holstered on the left side of his body) to subdue the unruly Grant, but he actually reached for his gun (on the right side of his body) and shot King. Much of the public is incredulous that he could have made such a grievous error, and continued unrest is simmering today as Mehserle’s sentencing awaits judicial decision. Read the rest of this entry »