Oakland Cops Arrest 152 in Sentencing Protest
Marchers say transit cop got off too easy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2010 11:00 AM CDT
A demonstrator wears an Oscar Grant mask during a demonstration in Oakland.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Oakland police racked up 152 arrests last night of demonstrators angry that a transit cop got a 2-year-sentence for shooting an unarmed black man to death. Protesters took to the streets after a judge gave Johannes Mehserle the minimum prison sentence for killing Oscar Grant last year, reports the LA Times. Mehserle maintains that he mistook his gun for a Taser.

Demonstrators staged a largely peaceful 4-hour rally in downtown Oakland, but police moved in when things turned aggressive after it broke up. Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct or unlawful assembly, and the protest was far tamer than previous ones over the shooting, notes the Oakland Tribune.

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