A verdict could be coming soon in the trial of Johannes Mehserle, a former Bay Area Rapid Transit cop who's charged with shooting a man, Oscar Grant, in the back while Grant was lying on a transit platform. (An incident that was caught on cellphone camera.) Mehserle is white, Grant was black and Oakland police are warning people to stay calm, no matter which way the verdict lands. From CNN:
"We anticipate that regardless of the verdict reached by the jury, demonstrations could occur in downtown Oakland, and potentially throughout the city," one of the messages said. "We will not tolerate destruction or violence. We live here, and we love Oakland. We understand that the community is grieving, and we are in this together. We will get through this together."
Hat Tip: Many thanks, JUNGLE JIM!
Flowers and pictures of Oscar Grant are on display in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, July 1, 2010 during a gathering to stop the violence in Oakland. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)