For Grant's family, the only hope for justice is winning the federal civil suit and persuading the U.S. Justice Department to file federal criminal charges against Mehserle and other BART police officers who were at the scene of the killing.
The Justice Department had said it was investigating the killing but has never issued a statement regarding the results of that investigation. Phone calls to the department were not returned.
"Right now, we are grasping to hope that the Department of Justice will pick this case up," Johnson said. "When we finally get through the civil case and the Department of Justice decision, at that time, we will truly know how we really feel."
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