Last July, a California court sentenced Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Johannes Mehserle [above] to two years for involuntary manslaughter. Mehserle was convicted in the shooting death of 22-year-old African-American Oscar Grant at point blank range on an Oakland train platform on New Year’s Day, 2009. This morning, after less than a year behind bars, Mehserle was released. A relative of the victim was none-too-happy with the City for its alleged refusal to provide him with the exact release time. “They snuck him out,” Cephus Johnson told the LA Times. This after Mehserle’s verdict sparked protests across the city from people who considered the shooting racially motivated. A civil lawsuit against Mehserle and other officers involved with Grant’s death is pending.