BART has paid $175,000 in damages to settle a federal lawsuit brought by five men who were detained with Oscar Grant, who was killed by BART police in 2009.
The men – brothers Nigel and Jack Bryson, Michael Greer, Carlos Reyes and Fernando “June” Anicete – said they were detained for no reason shooting. According to the lawsuit, they endured “several hours of being painfully handcuffed and/or mercilessly interrogated, all while mourning the demise of their childhood friend.”
Grant, 22, was fatally shot in the back by BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, early on News Year’s Day, 2009 while unarmed and lying face-down.
“This settlement closes the case for a considerably smaller amount compared to what would have been a long and costly trial if allowed to move forward,” BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost told CNN.
Grant’s death became the subject of the award winning movie “Fruitvale Station,” named after the BART station, where he was shot.