100 protesters arrested in Oakland

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OAKLAND — More than 100 protesters angered by the two-year sentence handed down to former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle were arrested Friday night after marching from downtown Oakland into a residential area south of Lake Merritt, where mobs smashed about a dozen car windshields and a police officer’s gun was snatched.

The marchers headed out of downtown after a peaceful rally outside City Hall, where as many as 500 people sang songs and heard speeches denouncing the sentence Mehserle received earlier in the day for the fatal shooting of unarmed BART rider Oscar Grant. 

The situation turned dangerous when a protester ripped the holster and gun from a police officer’s belt, Police Chief Anthony Batts said at a news conference. The protester was swarmed by other officers and arrested.

Full story: 100 protesters arrested in Oakland- San Francisco Chronicle