OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)- The damage is being tallied as well as the arrests, after demonstrations took a turn for the violent and unruly in Oakland Thursday night after the involuntary manslaughter conviction of ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle.

According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, the final number of people arrested Thursday night is 78.

60 of them are men, 18 women. Only 19 of those people are from Oakland and 12 are from out of state.

The sheriff’s department held a briefing Friday morning.

66 of these people will be released today because they were booked only on unlawful assembly.

The remaining 12 will be staying at the Alameda County Jail because they are accused of parole violations, arsons, rioting, or having explosive devices, which are all felonies.

The Oakland Police Department will hold its own briefing with Chief Anthony Batts and Mayor Ron Dellums around 11 a.m. Friday morning.

Comments (5)
  1. Jimmy says:

    If two thirds are from outside Oakland, am I correct in inferring that over half of the arrests were of people also outside the black community? Good reporting, but an analysis of the racial breakdown i this case would be both informative and fascinating.

    1. Kathryn says:

      No, you cannot infer that. People outside Oakland are not necessarily white, and not all people living here in Oakland are black. That perception cracks me up. Just about all Bay Area cities have a decent-sized black population, especially San Francisco, Richmond, Pittsburg, San Mateo, to name a few.

      The interesting thing about Oakland, though, is that *everyone* is a racial minority. Roughly one third of us are white, one third black, one third Asian/Hispanic/other.

      I did read in one article that many of the rioters were white. They, along with most of the violent offenders, appear to have been opportunists looking for trouble, not people genuinely interested in justice. People protesting for justice seem to have been mostly non-violent, staging a peaceful protest.

  2. Kathryn says:

    This isn’t a “damage tally.” It’s an arrests tally. Is it so much to ask, to have the headline fit the body of the article?

  3. Gram-Gram says:

    I am just SICK of people from other cities (just regular folks, not anarchists, not coming to Oakland to be arrested) say
    “I don’t care if Oakland burns”. And that seems to be the attitude of those who create all of the destruction. “It’s not my house. I don’t care.”

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