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‘Fruitvale Station’ takes the measure of a life

Michael B. Jordan portrays Oscar Grant and Ariana Neal plays his daughter, Tatiana.

These facts are known: Grant, 22, was pulled off the train with others, suspected of involvement in a brawl. Arguing with the officers, he was forced onto his stomach, whereupon transit officer Johannes Mehserle stood up and shot him in the back. Grant died in the hospital hours later, leaving behind a 4-year-old daughter. Mehserle, who claimed he was reaching for his Taser, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months of a two-year sentence. Protests and localized rioting followed the shooting and verdict.

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