Hundreds have taken to the streets of Oakland to protest Monday’s release of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle for the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III.
Scroll down to see up-to-the-minute coverage of the Johannes Mehserle protests in Oakland.
The protest began at 3 p.m. today at Oakland’s Fruitvale BART station and moved to 14th Street and Broadway at 5:30 p.m. The crowd is estimated at about 200 – 300 participants.
The mood at the protests has been relatively calm. Oakland Police Department has put about 100 officers on the streets to keep the order and "facilitate peaceful protests,” says Oakland police spokesman Holly Joshi.
One arrest has been reported for attempting to graffiti "kill the cops" along the route earlier this afternoon. There have been no other vandalism reports.
Mehserle’s release represents one of the final chapters in an ugly incident that inflamed tensions between Oakland’s police and its black community and led to protests remembered mainly for incidents of looting and vandalism.
The San Francisco Examiner and sfexaminer.com are covering the event live here.