Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Johannes Mehserle was set free early Monday from the county jail where he served his time after his high-profile trial was moved to Southern California. A judge ruled Friday that Mehserle should be given credit for time served and good conduct.
Mehserle, 29, was convicted last July of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Grant, 22, on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station platform in Oakland on New Year's Day 2009.
Mehserle was responding to a fight on the train platform and was angry the 22-year-old Grant resisted arrest. Grant was laying prostate and handcuffed when he was shot in the back by Mehserle, who claims he "accidentally" drew his .40 caliber handgun instead of his Taser.
The jury acquitted Mehserle of the more serious charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. Eight women and four men sat on the jury, none of whom were black.
Violent riots erupted in Oakland after the jury's verdict. At least 150 people were arrested during the protests.
The involuntary manslaughter conviction had the option of an "enhancement" that could have extended the sentence 14 years because a firearm was used. The judge chose not to do so.
Shame, shame, shame.