Ex-officer Mehserle jailed for killing unarmed US man

 BBC News

A white ex-police officer has been sentenced to the minimum possible jail term of two years for shooting dead an unarmed black man in California.

Johannes Mehserle was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter in what was seen as one of the most racially divisive US trials in recent years.

He shot Oscar Grant in the back on the subway on 1 January 2009, while attempting to subdue him after a fight.

Mehserle, 28, had faced a possible 14-year maximum term.

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