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Friday, January 09, 2009

Johannes Mehserle: Do the Right Thing, Don't Follow Dan White's Path


The Napa Valley Register has published an article and is posting comments supporting the BART officer, Johannes Mehserle, who graduated from New Tech High School in 2000 and Napa Valley College Police Academy in 2006. Yes, I agree the shooting is a tragedy for both families -- Oscar Grant’s and Johannes Mehserle's. But the article and most comments are ignoring the fact that Mehserle is acting like a coward. When you make an enormous mistake like that (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt -- that it was not premeditated and that he really meant to use his taser -- which I’ve said previously the situation didn’t even warrant using a taser ...) so ... when a person makes an enormous mistake like that and then walks away, he or she will be haunted for the rest of his/her life. One of his supporters acknowledged that -- that Johannes Mehserle is now haunted from this incident. But that's natural ... for anyone with a conscience. Perhaps what has happened is that Mehserle's union representative and lawyer have talked him into doing somethng that he may regret for the rest of his life?

Johannes Mehserle, you need to come forward, explain what happened, and make amends. Don’t take the path that Dan White took. He was haunted too -- and look where that led him. True, it's not the same situation. Dan White deliberately shot his victims. But he never really made amends for it. And it haunted him. Till the end.

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At 9:30 PM, Blogger Military Police said...

Mehserle, I can understand what you are going through, although I would hate to be in your shoes. This unfortunate tragedy is definitely a misadventure. I will support you and your family, especially for your new born kid. I will find out how to donate to your family. This terrible incident could have happened to anyone in law enforcement or military. It is an officer's worst nightmare. You Sir, are not a murderer, just unlucky. I wish you and your family the best. God Bless!!

 

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