Nearly two months after Oscar Grant III was shot to death by a BART officer, protesters threatened to disrupt service at the Fruitvale Station where Grant died the morning of Jan. 1.

The small group gathered at the station Thursday to announce that they would shut it down March 5 during rush hour unless officials met their ultimatum for increased accountability and other demands organizers have made since early January.

About 15 people walked from the station's plaza upstairs to the platform where Grant was shot.

They placed flowers inside a chalk outline meant to represent where Grant's body lay after BART Officer Johannes Mehserle shot the unarmed man. Mehserle, who was arrested and charged with murder in January, is out on $3 million bail.

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He is required to appear in court on March 23.

Grant supporters are expected to march about 4 p.m. today — on what would have been his 23rd birthday — from the Hayward downtown BART to City Hall.

Also Thursday, attorneys gave members of the BART Board of Directors an overview of the status of an independent investigation being conducted by their law firm Meyers Nave.

"We will "... be providing regular updates and periodic updates as to our status so everyone will be informed as to where we are at any point in time," said attorney Jayne Williams.

A broadcast of the entire update is available at www.bart.gov/news. BARTtv News will also post video of an update from members of the BART Board Police Review Committee.


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