Uncle of Oscar Grant rejects letter by Mehserle

OAKLAND, CA - The uncle of Oscar Grant, the unarmed man fatally shot by former transit police officer Johannes Mehserle, has harsh words to describe a letter of apology by Mehserle.

Speaking outside an Oakland church Saturday night, Cephus Johnson rejected the letter released Friday, terming it a "ploy."

Johnson said he and the Grant family didn't believe the words in Mehserle's handwritten note, claiming that it was nothing more than an attempt to gain sympathy from the judge before sentencing.

Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by a Los Angeles jury Thursday for the fatal shooting of the 22-year-old Grant on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train platform on New Year's Day 2009.

The conviction on a lesser charge sparked a wave of protests Thursday night, resulting in damage to about 30 businesses and the arrests of dozens of people.