Oscar Grant's daughter, Tatiana, at a memorial on January 1st. Photo by Nijla Mumin
Late Wednesday evening Bay Area Rapid Transit announce that it had struck an deal to pay the mother of Oscar Grant's daughter Tatiana $1.5 million.
Grant was killed on January 1st on the platform of the Fruitvale BART Station and former BART officer Johannes Mehserle is being charged with the death.
The settlement is for the $50 million lawsuit filed by the family of Grant and Oakland attorney John Burris.
“No matter what anyone’s opinion of the case may be, the sad fact remains this incident has left Tatiana without a father. The $1.5 million settlement will provide financial support for her." BART Board President James Fang said in a statement.
The first hearing in the Mehserle case began in Los Angeles on January 8th with a heavy turn out by protesters. The trial is expected to begin in May.
On Monday, January 25th, a bill in favor of increased citizen oversight of the BART Police passed the assembly. The bill will establish an Office of Independent Police Auditor to increase police accountability and aid in the search for a new BART chief of police.