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Jan. 14, 2009

BART issued a statement today regarding the arrest of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle involved in the death of Oscar Grant on the morning of New Year's Day at the Fruitvale BART Station.

"Yesterday Johannes Mehserle was arrested on an arrest warrant issued by the Alameda County District Attorney's office. This comes after the BART Police Department conducted a thorough investigation that involved nine detectives, which BART Police turned over to District Attorney Thomas Orloff on Monday, January 12. BART Police Chief Gary Gee was informed that an arrest warrant was issued and the Oakland Police Department had effectuated an arrest. We've been asked to refrain from any further comment regarding the arrest until Mr. Orloff addresses the media."