Man Arrested on Southside Following Demonstration

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A man was arrested for resisting arrest and possession of a knife after police chased a group of about 50 demonstrators Thursday night. The group had been marching in the streets south of the UC Berkeley campus and chanting that they would not forget Oscar Grant, the transit rider who was shot and killed in Oakland by former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009.

At approximately 10:04 p.m., at least two UCPD officers saw the demonstrators, most of whom were dressed in black, heading northbound on Telegraph Avenue and then westbound on Bancroft Way, according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao.

Yao said police received reports that the crowd had thrown items at bystanders on Bancroft and at a Wells Fargo Bank sign, prompting UCPD officers to notify the Berkeley Police Department and gather "to prepare for any possible escalation."

A jury convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter on July 8, triggering rioting in Downtown Oakland.

By the time the crowd reached the parking lot on the west side of the Tang Center, Berkeley police had blocked off the intersection of Durant Avenue and Fulton Street, Yao said. When the demonstrators entered the lot and saw police posted at the intersection, they fled the area, ripping off their outer layers of black clothing, Yao said.

UCPD and Berkeley police officers detained six demonstrators in the parking lot, while at least two UCPD officers chased and later arrested one demonstrator, Carl Davison, 28, in a parking lot located south of the Tang Center.

Davison was booked for possession of a knife on university property and for resisting arrest. He was transported to the Berkeley Police Department jail at around 10:33 p.m., Yao said. The other six were released on the scene with no charges, according to Yao.

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