07/06/2010

Calif. PDs will help if riots follow Mehserle verdict

If Oakland needs help with crowd-control, mutual aid is ready

By Melissa Murphy
The Vacaville Reporter

VACAVILLE, Calif. — An anticipated verdict in the murder trial of a former BART police officer has law enforcement officers in Solano County on standby to respond to unpeaceful demonstrations.

Activists have not been secretive about planned rallies in Oakland after a verdict is read, which could happen this week, but while there have been promises to keep it peaceful, even store owners in Oakland are taking extra precautions by boarding up windows.

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