BART unveiled a mural of Oscar Grant on Saturday at the Fruitvale station where Grant was fatally shot by a BART police officer 10 years ago. The transit agency also unveiled street signs naming a previously unnamed adjacent street Oscar Grant III Way.
Grant was killed by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on New Year's Day 2009 while the 22-year-old Grant was unarmed and lying face down on the station platform, and the cell phone video of the shooting helped spark a national conversation on police killings. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and has said he meant to pull his Taser and not his gun when he shot Grant.
"The mural and the street doesn't bring him back, but it gives a sense of atonement for us in a small part," said Wanda Johnson, Grant's mother, at the unveiling Saturday. Johnson says she's going to keep pushing for BART to rename the Fruitvale station after her son.
The mural, on the outside wall of the station, shows Grant smiling in front of the Oakland skyline with a dove above it. It was painted by local artist Senay “Refa One” Alkebulan.
When he died, Grant left behind a 4-year-old daughter, Tatiana. She is 14 now and attended the unveiling, even though she usually avoids the station because of what happened to her dad.