As has been recently reported in the media, last week BART agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of Oscar Grant's daughter. Contrary to published reports, the settlement is projected to pay Grant's 5-year-old daughter over $5.1 million with accrued interest. The lawsuit stems from the tragic 2009 New Years Day death of her father who was fatally shot in the back by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle as he lay face down and unarmed on the pavement.
Attorneys John Burris and Adante Pointer negotiated the settlement with BART during a fourth round of settlement discussions after previous settlement discussions between the parties stalled. The settlement was reached after a marathon 11-hour settlement conference before a Federal Magistrate Judge.
Burris is pleased with the settlement because Grant's daughter is assured financial security throughout her life. The settlement is structured so that money is available to cover tuition and other special needs of Grant's daughter as she matures into an adult. To that end, she will receive the bulk of the money between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age.
Although this portion of the case has settled, Oscar's mother and the other five young men who were with Oscar Grant on that fateful morning lawsuits are still being fought in court. The settlement will not affect the criminal case against former BART officer Johannes Mehserle. His criminal trial is expected to begin May 2001 in Los Angeles.