Oakland Riots: Anger Over Oscar Grant Verdict

Oakland Riots
Oscar Grant, a 25 year old unarmed black man was killed last year after being shot in the back by a San Francisco/Oakland BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle, while he was handcuffed laying on the ground. Late Thursday evening, the jury in the case against Johannes Mehserle, found the officer guilty of involuntary manslaughter, with a possible sentence of 2-4 years. This was far less than the family of Oscar Grant and his supporters wanted and now the anger has taken to the street of Oakland

At first the march through the city was peaceful with about 1000 people protesting the verdict.

At about 9PM PST, the frustration grew and the rioting began. A foot locker has been looted and there have been numerous confrontations with the police. Dozens have been arrested and it seems like it is only going to get worse. Here are pictures of the escalation of the protest.
For up to the minute information check out the Oakland Tribune’s Live Blog
For a breakdown of the night, here is the AP’s version.
From HuffingtonPost: “An attorney for the family of the man shot to death by a former Oakland transit officer says they are “extremely disappointed” with the verdict against the officer.
Attorney John Burris said outside a Los Angeles court Thursday that the verdict “is not a true representation of what happened” to Oscar Grant.”

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