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The jury has returned with a verdict: Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not guilty of second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter for killing Oscar Grant.

It was regarded that no matter what verdict the jury reached, demonstrations were set to occur in Oakland following the Oscar Grant trial. And as expected, chaos surfaced when night fell. During hours of unrest, shops were vandalized; rioters were in a looting rampage forcing themselves to local businesses such as the Foot Locker, the Far East National Bank and a jewelry store. However, police says that people who are engaged in criminal actions such as these rioters were not necessarily supporters of Oscar Grant or protesters against the Mehserle verdict. Most of these were professional trouble makers who take opportunities like these to cause trouble. Witnesses even claimed that the people who were involved in the violent attacks in downtown Oakland were in white robes and were spraying graffiti that read “No to work, yes to looting.”

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