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Police on call to help if Mehserle trial verdict ignites violence

Original post made on Jul 7, 2010

Bay Area police are on call, awaiting the outcome of the trial of a BART officer charged in the death of an unarmed Oakland man. The verdict is expected to come at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 7. Local law enforcement agencies are said to be available to help Oakland police in the event that racial tensions could lead to violence and rioting following the jury verdict.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I totally don’t understand people destroying their own neighborhoods, rioting, and committing more violence just because they don’t agree with something! A life is gone, isn’t that bad enough? Why make it worse?

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Posted by Make that Two
a resident of Danville
on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Don't forget an innocent Johannes Mehserle man's life has also been ruined. A BART officer does the best he can to maintain order and safety on the BART system, only to have it ruined by some hoodlum resisting arrest on New Year's eve. Oakland attorney John Burris was only interested in the criminal trial to ruin some man's life bolstering his pending civil suits against BART, which will now surely bring in the big, big dollars.

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Posted by Colorblind
a resident of Danville
on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Mehserle verdict fair? Read this similar Madera Police Department incident, not only was the assailant in the backseat of the patrol car, but handcuffed, unlike Oscar Grant III. Officer mistook .40 caliber Glock handgun for Taser. No formal charges were filed, ruled accident, no criminal neglegence.

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Brown on brown killing.