Most serious crimes in protest by Oakland residents

July 28, 2010 8:52:49 AM PDT
It appears the most serious crimes committed in downtown Oakland during protests following the verdict in the BART shooting trial were committed by Oakland residents.

Oakland's police chief had previously said three quarters of the 78 arrests made on July 8 were people who lived outside Oakland. But, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that police records show the majority of the people arrested were cited and released on misdemeanor charges. However, the 15 people booked on suspicion of felony charges, 10 gave Oakland address.

On Monday, a judge ruled three of the people charged with felonies will stand trial.

The looting and protests came after the involuntary manslaughter conviction of former BART officer Johannes Mehserle for the shooting death of Oscar Grant.