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Reaction mostly peaceful after Mehserle verdict

Destructive outsiders were responsible for most of the isolated violence


San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif -- In the days before the close of the murder trial for Johannes Mehserle, the former police officer who killed Oscar Grant, the Bay Area was abuzz with "concern" about Oakland. What would those people in Oakland do if they weren't happy with the verdict? Would they riot? Would there be looting?

Well, there were a number of people in Oakland who weren't happy with the verdict of involuntary manslaughter. And there were instances of violence and looting in Oakland - despite the best efforts of community leaders to keep the protests peaceful and nondestructive.

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