Protestors Cry: Verdict Unjust

OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)- Protests left a trail of broken windows and graffiti on Broadway, Webster, Telegraph and Franklin Streets in downtown Oakland Thursday night.

Most of it was caused by so-called anarchists. One man who participated in protesting wouldn’t give his name.

“As far as small businesses go, I am not concerned with anything, but as far as Subway goes or a Rite-Aid, or a Walgreen’s, or a bank, I don’t care what happens to those businesses,” said the protestor.

Most of the damage was done to Foot Locker, Sears, Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank and 24-Hour Fitness, where customers coming to work out Friday morning were turned away as the staff cleaned up broken glass.

83 people were arrested and are in jail on charges ranging from vandalism to resisting arrest.

Meanwhile at the Fruitvale BART station, where Oscar Grant was shot and killed on New Years Day 2009, KCBS’ Bob Melrose reports one of the strangest feelings was to watch everybody leave their offices and to leave downtown on BART and on the freeways to get out-of-town before the verdict was read.

But some have come back Friday morning to the BART station to voice their opinion.

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Janette Evans does not like the verdict and doesn’t know if the community will heal.

“They didn’t have any black jurors and I think they came here too fast with a verdict. They should have taken some time out and made a delay on it and did it over the weekend,” said Evans.

Many feel that the deliberations, that only lasted a day, should have gone longer and that an unjust verdict was delivered.

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  • anthony

    i just have to feel that if the rolls were reversed and grant had stood over Meserle and shot and killed him for any reason whatsoever he would be facing the death penalty right now without a doubt……should have been a voluntary manslaughter conviction i feel.

    • Juana

      Really, Anthony? That’s just what Huey Newton did and he walked!

  • Gus

    Unjust? He was found guilty!

  • KlsieM

    I cannot believe how much of a story the media made out of this – blowing it up into a riot by inciting listeners and turning this into an event of hysteria. The journalism has been very biased. I listened yesterday to one commentator on kcbs, a usually reputable reporter, say that 5 out of 5 people he spoke to thought the verdict was the wrong one. You know, I have asked nearly 100 people I know if they felt the same and I have found 100% agree with the verdict! Why is KCBS so desperate to create a story and watch the pathetic folks in Oakland destroy property and so on when that will do nothing to further the cause? The mainline media and specifically KCBS is doing a huge disservice to the consumers of its products and I, for one, am making this my LAST contact with KCBS as a result. The general population does not need a riot-inciting, hysteria-promoting and divisive media group spewing its questionable agenda out there. Sorry, KCBS, you just lost a listener and viewer.

    • Betsy

      I totally agree with KisieM. The media stoked this. And then fanned the fire by broadcasting nothing on the news last night except the riot. I am not sure what good it does to watch protestors and police interacting for an hour (channel 2)

  • Toby

    I think that the verdict is correct, I believe it was horrible accident, people destroying property is no accident.

  • TimOC

    I really don’t see a problem with the verdict at all. He’s guilty. Play the race card all you want, but this is was an unfortunate accident of a very unfit man. Consider the options, he was either a very bad killer or a very bad cop. What do these people want for a sentence? Death Penalty?

  • Rusty

    If a convicted felon shot and killed a police officer (regardless of race) I’m sure he’d be facing the death penalty too. But if a black police officer shot and killed a white man who was convicted felon, I have no doubt the conviction would be the same one Meserle faces.

  • George Dokes

    Afro-American will always behind the eight ball as it relates to Criminal Justice. History speaks for its self! I’m glad it wasn’t a black officer shooting a white kid..

  • js

    It does seem that all the TV stations were trying to hype up the verdict not being what the family of the victim wanted..your bias was showing..I guess no excitement means no news for you all.
    The verdict was done by a jury by the evidense presented to them…because the verdict not what you wanted does not give hoodlums and thugs the right to damage property of people who had nothing to do with this case…does not put the people living in Oakland in good light nor the TV Stations who looked like they wanted to see some action as was done to businesses in Oakland…too bad.

  • catnibble

    the looters that stolen merchandise from the business were not protectors. They just use this verdict as an excuse to commit a crime against people. Do not said they were protectors. It was a shame for them to serve their own purpose on pain of other people.(few pairs of free shoes and free goods— Thief)

  • Nikko

    Second Degree Murder n. a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility.

    I believe that armed police officers always go into any violent situation knowing that their actions can possibly result in the use of lethal force, premeditated or not.

  • Mr.C

    If this was a black cop that killed a white person. Do you think white people will act stupid by looting and rioting? I THINK NOT!!!
    This is very SAD but so TRUE! Police officers are put in dangerous situations, scrutinized, and walk a fine everyday. “DAM if they Do and DAM if they DON’T!”

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