July 9, 2010
Oakland appeared calm today after a night of rioting that followed the manslaughter conviction of a white transit police officer who killed an unarmed black man. Scores of people were arrested.
The verdict in the racially-charged case came Thursday after more than six hours of jury deliberations during the course of two days in Los Angeles, where the trial was moved because of extensive media coverage.
Prosecutors had asked that former officer Johannes Mehserle be convicted of murdering Oscar Grant, 22, who was shot once in the back as he lay face-down. But the jury’s conviction on the lesser charge sparked a repeat of the rioting that followed the shooting on New Year’s Day in 2009.