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Protests, looting follow Mehserle verdict

Small mobs formed after dark, smashing windows and setting fires

By Matthai Kuruvila, Kevin Fagan, Carolyn Jones and Jaxon Van Derbeken
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif — There was outrage, there was looting and there were skirmishes between police and protesters, but that wasn't the whole story of how Oakland reacted to the Johannes Mehserle verdict.

The trouble Thursday boiled down to a racially diverse mob of about 200 people, many bent on destruction no matter what, confronting police after the day's predominantly peaceful demonstrations ended.

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