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Police Presence at Community Protest Against Mehserle's Release
by TheBlackHour.com
Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM
Compared to previous Justice for Oscar Grant demonstrations, the presence of law enforcement was reduced. Absent were the riot gear clad, mutual aid invaders of the past. Still, possibly a few hundred BART, Oakland police officers attended the June 12 protest at Fruitvale BART and in downtown Oakland.

Hundreds of people came out Sunday afternoon to protest the release of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle from jail. Mehserle murdered Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009 and was convicted of second degree manslaughter in July 2010. Mehserle was released from Los Angeles County jail June 13, 2011 shortly after midnight, according to LA journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga.

Compared to previous Justice for Oscar Grant demonstrations, the presence of law enforcement was reduced at the June 12 protest. Absent were the riot gear clad, mutual aid invaders of the past. Still, possibly a few hundred BART, Oakland police officers attended the June 12 protest at Fruitvale BART and in downtown Oakland.

Police blocked off streets for the demonstration. Two men were arrested, allegedly for graffiti, but were released. Witnesses said that an police received a tip from an undercover cop within the crowd who identified the men. Some protesters believed one had been targeted due to his involvement in Oakland CopWatch, but he was later released.

Police were also filming the demonstration, as they had in the past, at a number of locations throughout the rally and march.

Per request of IndyBay.org, an organization well aware that both police and mainstream media scan it for news, here are photos of law enforcement at the protest.
§Police within
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

Undercover police are somewhere in this photo.
§Police block off street
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Dollar Tree police surveillance
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police film from car
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Mobile Surveillance
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police bike
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Officers arrest Copwatcher
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Officer applies neckhold
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Black Rider films police
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Officer films crowd
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Bikes on Broadway
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police motorcycle lineup
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police motorcycle line
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police protest State Building
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police guard Frank Ogawa
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police guard Frank Ogawa statue
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police head back to station
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

§Police parked at bus stop
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM

Isn't that a $250+ ticket?
§"Negotiator"
by TheBlackHour.com Monday Jun 13th, 2011 5:18 AM