BART fires Johannes Mehserle accomplice

BART has fired one of the police officers involved in the New Year's Day murder of Oscar Grant, KTVU has reported.

The officer, Marysol Domenici, was one of the first BART cops to arrive on the scene at Fruitvale BART station before Grant was shot. Interim BART police chief Dash Buttler -- who replaced the embattled former BART police Chief Gary Gee who retired last year-- fired Domenici, 29, as recommended by Meyers Nave, the law firm that was hired by the BART Board to do an independent investigation into the murder of Grant.

Domenici's partner, Tony Pirone, escalated the situation that led to the shooting by punching Oscar Grant in the face and calling him a "Bitch Ass Nigger," Grant's family and attorney John Burris have said.

BART has not fired Pirone, who has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, standard protocol according to BART.

Johannes Mehserle, the BART cop who shot the unarmed Grant in the back, has charged with first degree murder after an uprising took place in downtown Oakland. His trial was moved to Los Angeles, and is scheduled to begin this summer.

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