BART Reaches $1.5 Million Settlement for Oscar Grant’s Daughter

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 28, 2010 - 08:30:00 AM

BART announced Wednesday it had reached a $1.5 million settlement with the mother of Oscar Grant’s young daughter Tatiana. 

The agreement stems from the $50 million lawsuit filed against the transit agency following Grant’s shooting death by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle on the Fruitvale BART Station platform Jan. 1, 2009. 

“It’s been a little over a year since we experienced the tragic death of Oscar Grant,” BART Board President James Fang said in a statement. “No matter what anyone’s opinion of the case may be, the sad fact remains this incident has left Tatiana without a father. The $1.5 million settlement will provide financial support for her.” 

The structure of the settlement is yet to be approved by the court. 

“While these proceedings have been taking place, we on the BART Board have been taking the actions needed to improve the BART Police Department to ensure our officers are better-trained and better-equipped to keep our customers safe,” Fang said.