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Press Conference and Street March After Mehserle Preliminary Hearing, Oakland, 5/18/09: photos
Supporters for justice for Oscar Grant regrouped on the steps of the Alameda County court house about 1pm to speak out and for a statement by Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant's uncle, who had attended the day's hearing. Afterwards, a group of protesters marched throughout the streets of downtown Oakland, where police arrested one person for marching in the street and cited another for a bicycle infraction.
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Morning Demonstrations at Johannes Mehserle Preliminary Hearing, Oakland, 5/18/09
Video of various speakers throughout the day will be forthcoming.
... leaving trailing cops unsure what to do without blocking traffic themselves.
... while numerous other non-protesting cyclists cruise up and down sidewalks and in the streets all around. When asked later, a female supervising officer explained that this particular person's bike-riding was somehow inciteful to the protest, even though he was riding normally on the street with traffic.
The march headed back up to the area of 14th and Broadway and then, after a brief moment of tension when cops threatened to charge a demonstrator with vandalism for drumming on a city trash can with a spoon, people dispersed of their own volition without further incident from the police.