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Former Officer’s Sentence Sparks Protest In Oakland

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(credit: AP)

(credit: AP)

OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland police say 56 of the more than 150 protesters arrested Friday night were from outside the city.

Protesters descended on a usually quiet residential neighborhood, demonstrating against the minimum two-year sentence imposed on a white transit officer for the slaying of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform.

Police arrested 152 protesters, including seven juveniles, on suspicion of crimes including vandalism, unlawful assembly and disturbing the peace.

Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said investigators will be reviewing video and photographs of protesters damaging property to help prosecutors file charges.

The arrests began around 8 p.m. on Friday after officers were pelted with rocks and bottles.

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