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Photos: Mehserle protesters storm Oakland’s streets

on November 6, 2010

A peaceful rally in Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza turned violent Friday night as protesters marched through downtown and into East Oakland.

Oakland police officials say 152 protesters were arrested after blocking traffic, breaking windows and jumping on cars. One police officer was hit by a car near the scene of the arrests on 6th Avenue and East 17th Street but reportedly suffered only minor injuries.

The rally began around 2 p.m. with art and music in response to a two-year sentence given to Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oscar Grant III in the Fruitvale BART station on Jan. 1, 2009. Around 6 p.m., as police ordered the rally to disperse, an estimated 300 to 500 protesters stormed into the streets.

Oakland North’s Teresa Chin and Roberto Daza filed these photos as they followed the protests into the night.

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