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Trainer Says Mehserle Was Trained In TASER Use

June 24, 2010  | 

Former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle was given training that emphasized the importance of not confusing it with a duty weapon, a trainer with the agency testified on Wednesday, reports SFGate.com.

Stewart Lehman, a BART police officer who trained Mehserle on Dec. 3, 2008, to use Tasers, was called as a witness for Mehserle, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed Oscar Grant on Jan. 1, 2009 in Oakland.

Lehman also testified that a right-handed officer such as Mehserle was not allowed to position the Taser next to the pistol on the right hip unless he aimed the weapon's handle in the opposite direction, making only a left-handed draw possible.

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