Demonstrators Protest Leniency of Former BART Police Officer's Sentence

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OAKLAND - After demonstrators rallied to commemorate the death of Oscar Grant III and speak out for civil rights at Oakland City Hall Friday afternoon, a group of about 350 marched through east Oakland in protest of what some saw as a lenient sentence for former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in July.

The demonstrators blocked intersections, downed fences and smashed storefront windows while making their way toward the Fruitvale BART Station where Grant was killed. As marchers were confronted by police blockades throughout east Oakland, they began to chant "Shut it down, shut it down!" and "No justice, no peace! Oscar Grant could have been me!"

The group was eventually cornered by police at 6th Avenue and E 17th Street around 8 p.m., where about 150 were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and disturbing the peace.

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