Live Blog: Oakland Reacts to Mehserle Sentence

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OAKLAND - Reporters Katie Nelson, Mary Susman and True Shields reporting from the field.

9:50 p.m.

At a press conference, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts confirms that an officer sustained a knee injury after being hit by a car at the intersection of 7th and E. 17th Street. He also said confirmed that an officer's holster and gun were ripped forcefully from his belt.

Between 100 and 150 protesters have been arrested, according to Batts.

He expressed his disappointment regarding the events of today's protest and spoke out against the protesters' desire to march through the city and "tear it up."

"We bent over backwards to be flexible with the promoters of this assembly and worked hard to let people have their freedom of speech," he said.

9:03 p.m.

Flashing their lights, fifteen cop cars travel north on Broadway past the Fox Theater.

8:51 p.m.

UC Berkeley alumna Claire Keating has been arrested and is awaiting booking.

8:20 p.m.

Handcuffed, about 100 protesters sit near 6th Street and 17th Avenue awaiting arrest.

Twenty protesters have already been arrested and are being booked and sent to Alameda county, according to Oakland police officer Jeff Thomason. He also confirmed that police officers have been hit with rocks and bricks.

8:02 p.m.

Although only a few protesters remain near City Hall, 50 police officers are standing guard around the block at 14th and Broadway.

7:56 p.m.

The crowd calms as police continue arrests.

7:44 p.m.

Oakland police officers arrest several at 6th Avenue and 17th Street.

7:35 p.m.

Officers at 17th Street and 6th Avenue warn demonstrators they will be arrested if the protest does not end.

7:13 p.m.

The Fruitvale BART station has been closed but trains continue to run through the station.

"We are all Oscar Grant," chant protesters at 17th Street and 6th Avenue where 100 SWAT officers are trying to contain the crowd.

7:05 p.m.

Unable to move, about 100 protesters - who are smashing car windows with bricks - are surrounded by 60 SWAT officers at 17th Street and 6th Avenue.

6:55 p.m.

Glass shatters as protesters break store windows at 3rd and International shouting, "No justice, no peace!" The group is heading towards the Fruitvale BART station.

Another group of about 100 heads towards the I-880 towards Fruitvale, where Oscar Grant was killed.

6:45 p.m.

SWAT team arrives outside of Laney College where protesters begin to rattle fences around Fallon and 10th street.

6:38 p.m.

As demonstrators cross Madison and 11th, people poke their heads out of the surrounding apartment buildings and yell out, "Justice for Grant! Justice for Oscar Grant!"

More than 20 police cars are patrolling the area and three helicopters are following the protest overhead.

6:30 p.m.

200 protesters march past 13th and Madison while cops block off streets.

6:23 p.m.

As the rally moves, over 300 protesters gather near 14th and Broadway.

5:39 p.m.

The rally is set to end in half an hour and then the crowd is planning to march to a park in West Oakland.

5:32 p.m.

Attending the protest with his nine-month old baby, Oakland resident Armando Guerra says his anger regarding Mehserle's sentence brought him to the demonstration.

"It's like a slap in the face," he said. "What we're being told today is a white cop can kill a black man, a brown man, and spend almost no time in jail. It tells us whose lives are worth more."

5:25 p.m.

A speaker addresses the crowd:

"We can fuck them. We can brutalize them. We can murder them ... but I ask you to be mindful of the women, of the elders and of the babies ... I don't want to see no black or brown blood in the streets tonight and I don't want to be see no black or brown behind bars tomorrow."

5:08 p.m.

49-year-old West Oakland resident Gregory Nash who is at the protest said Mehserle's sentence is not severe enough.

"They are making young people think the police, they've got better privilege than everybody else ... if (Grant) was wrong, I'd be out here for (Mehserle) ... I have a son myself and I wouldn't want anything like this to happen to him ... and then he gets out for free."

5:01 p.m.

As the rally continues, 12 Marines arrive at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

4:48 p.m.

Crowd members chant "Shut it down! I'm going to fight back!"

4:45 p.m.

West Oakland bike shop owner Tony Coleman responds to Mehserle's verdict and addresses the growing crowd outside City Hall.

"The system is not right, it needs to be crushed," he said. "We're going to hold their asses accountable. They don't just give him two years and we get nothing out of it."

4:15 p.m.

While 150 protesters congregate outside Oakland City Hall in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th and Broadway, at least 60 police officers patrol the block.

4:08 p.m.

About a dozen police cars are heading to downtown Oakland and at least three helicopters are circling overhead.

Katie Nelson, Mary Susman and True Shields contributed to this report.

Tags: OAKLAND, OSCAR GRANT III, JOHANNES MEHSERLE


Soumya Karlamangla is the local schools lead reporter. Contact her at [email protected]



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