Was this just blatant police brutality? According to Grant's mother, Wanda Johnson, she thinks it was. Yet, she has asked the public to stop the rioting according to CNN affiliate KTVU-TV. "I am begging the citizens not to use violent tactics, not to be angry... You're hurting people who have nothing to do with the situation. You're vandalizing their property, hurting their cars and breaking their windows. Please just stop it, please," plead Johnson at her news conference.
The officer has since resigned. Spokesman: Officer in subway shooting resigns
Video of police shooting spurs questions
Watch angry protesters. Videos show Mehserle shoot Grant in the back as another BART officer kneels on Grant. Watch the events preceding the shooting
BART Police Chief Gary Gee released a statement expressing condolences for Grant's family.