The verdict has been handed down in the murder case of Oscar Grant. Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the lesser of the three charges he faced. The former BART officer shot the unarmed 22 yr old, Oscar Grant, who was returning from New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 1, 2009.
The city of Oakland awaited the verdict prepared for civil unrest. Although there were reports of looting in some parts of the city and several arrests were made, for the most part, Oakland remained calm. Dissatisfaction with the verdict was expressed peacefully. The grandfather of Oscar Grant (also named Oscar Grant), addressing a crowd in Oakland, shortly after the verdict was announced, urged nonviolent protest. In a press conference immediately following the verdict, Keith Muhammad, a family spokesperson, called the verdict a “travesty of justice”.
The video below shows group of looters, some wearing Oscar Grant masks, who showed their opposition to the verdict by breaking into a Footlocker retail store in downtown Oakland after the verdict was announced.