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7.9.lede.jpg7:30 AM: As you probably know, Thursday night a largely peaceful demonstration in Oakland took a bit of an unpleasant turn after the verdict of involuntary manslaughter was announced in the trial of former BART cop Johannes Mesherle.

According to police spokespeople, a total of 83 protesters were arrested in Oakland last night, after damage to a number of businesses in the area.

At publication time Friday morning, readers are reporting that downtown Oakland remains peaceful and seems to be cleaning itself up. “There are a lot of cops out here” texts one “but everything seems OK. People are tired.”

BART has reopened all its stations after closing the 19th Street station last night, and BART spokesman Jim Allison

All BART stations are open this morning and the first trains of the day are running on time, an agency spokesperson says all trains are running on time.

UC employees who work in the area have been told that “UCOP management has confirmed that no damage occurred to UC buildings in the downtown Oakland area as a result of last night¹s demonstrations, and Oakland police do not expect additional activity this morning.” Employees are expected to report to work as usual, and that they’ll “be allowed to leave work early should mass demonstrations be expected or reappear later in the day.”

According to SFPD, there were no demonstrations or unrest in San Francisco last night, with a spokesperson affirming that officers will still be out in force across SF today.

10:20 AM: The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department has released a revised number of arrests from last nights demonstrations in Oakland, and, per commenter Briana’s request, we have some demographics.

Sgt. JD Nelson says that there were 78 arrests (earlier reports said 83) at last night’s protests, 66 of which were on misdemeanor offenses that will be “cited out” (that is, the folks will be released with tickets) today. Of those 78, he says that

— 19 were from Oakland
— 28 were from the Bay Area, outside of Oakland
— 19 were from California, but not the Bay Area
— 12 were from out of state

So, about a quarter of the arrestees were from the area in which they were protesting, which backs up Briana’s assertion that people should be careful about “assuming that looting is ‘typical of those people in Oakland.'”

11 AM: According to a letter sent to UC employees who work in downtown Oakland, staff is being urged to leave the area by 3 PM Friday in anticipation of another rally tonight.

The rally, which they say is planned for 6 PM, is expected to happen “at or near Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.”

Here’s the full letter:

Dear Oakland-based UCOP colleagues:

We understand that another rally related to the Mehserle verdict is
scheduled for 6:00pm tonight at or near Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown
Oakland.

As a safety precaution, Oakland-based UCOP employees may leave work at
3:00pm today.

**Special instructions for Franklin Building employees: To help avoid
elevator delays and traffic bottlenecks, Franklin Building employees who use
the parking garage should leave as follows:
> Floors 5-8 may leave at 2:30pm

> Floors 9-12 may leave at 3:00pm

At present, the Oakland Police Department does not anticipate rallies on
Monday, July 12, so all Oakland-based UCOP employees scheduled to work
Monday should come to work as planned unless instructed otherwise. Please
continue to watch your UCOP email.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and we¹ll update employees
accordingly.

12:48 PM: Some more details on the 78 people arrested last night: as noted earlier, 66 people, will be released today because they only face misdemeanor charges, many for “unlawful assembly,” which is not obeying an order to disperse, Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. However, only 16 have been released at publication time because processing is slow since the jail facility is understaffed due to budget cuts, Nelson said.

Out of the other 12 facing felony charges, 6 face charges for breaking parole, and other charges include arson, causing property damage, and using an explosive device, Nelson said. They will be kept in custody.

Of the 78 people arrested, 60 were male and 18 female.

Nelson did not have any information about whether the people from out of state were the so-called “outside agitators” who instigated the destructive parts of the protest, but he said it was not out of the question.

“You have to question why they came from out of state, and why they were in the streets in the middle of the night,” he said.

Here’s a roundup of coverage of the verdict and reactions published since we signed off last night, last updated at 2:45 PM

SF Ex: Peaceful Oakland gathering turns chaotic

ABC7: Mehserle convicted of involuntary manslaughter

ABC7: US Justice Department to review BART shooting

SF Weekly: Video: Cops At Oscar Grant Demonstration Read the Riot Act — Literally

Chron: After dark, mobs form, smash windows, loot

Chron: Cops arrest 83 in raucous Oakland protests

AP: Oakland businesses clean up after violent protests

SF Weekly: Suspected Looter Leaves Cell Phone in Wrecked Oakland Coffee Shop

AP: Tacoma vandalizing linked to Oakland protests

Sf Biz Times: Riding the Mehserle Express

SF Biz Times Sake: A rioter’s drink of choice

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Briana

    I would love if the Appeal could investigate the demographics of those arrested after the protest turned unpleasant last night. I’m thinking that, much like the first protests, the percentage of out-of-towners will be pretty high. It would be great if, instead of everyone assuming that looting is “typical of those people in Oakland”, the media communicated that the same problem in the ‘loin in SF is present here.

  • Briana

    I would love if the Appeal could investigate the demographics of those arrested after the protest turned unpleasant last night. I’m thinking that, much like the first protests, the percentage of out-of-towners will be pretty high. It would be great if, instead of everyone assuming that looting is “typical of those people in Oakland”, the media communicated that the same problem in the ‘loin in SF is present here.

  • Eve Batey

    I am so glad you commented, Briana! I completely agree that getting the demographics of the arrestees is important. You raise some interesting points!

    The last time I checked, OPD was still processing the folks they detained, but I’m definitely staying on this. Once I hear anything, I’ll definitely update.

  • Eve Batey

    I am so glad you commented, Briana! I completely agree that getting the demographics of the arrestees is important. You raise some interesting points!

    The last time I checked, OPD was still processing the folks they detained, but I’m definitely staying on this. Once I hear anything, I’ll definitely update.

  • Briana

    The SF Appeal rules. Thanks Eve!

  • Briana

    The SF Appeal rules. Thanks Eve!

  • Rita

    seriously — rock on, SF Appeal!! You guys were hands-down the BEST coverage of the Oakland situation, from soup to nuts. (ha ha, I said nuts.)

  • Rita

    seriously — rock on, SF Appeal!! You guys were hands-down the BEST coverage of the Oakland situation, from soup to nuts. (ha ha, I said nuts.)

  • Greg Dewar

    I’m glad someone pointed out that the majority of the troublemakers were, as last time, out of town agitators bent on starting shit at the expense of the people who actually live there.

    And, the next time some hippie ass Big Jay Journalist drones on and on about online, send them to KRON 4’s quasar of a turd coverage that was literally instigating shit constantly. The epic beatdown they got on Twitter last night was epic WIN.

  • Greg Dewar

    I’m glad someone pointed out that the majority of the troublemakers were, as last time, out of town agitators bent on starting shit at the expense of the people who actually live there.

    And, the next time some hippie ass Big Jay Journalist drones on and on about online, send them to KRON 4’s quasar of a turd coverage that was literally instigating shit constantly. The epic beatdown they got on Twitter last night was epic WIN.

  • Brock Keeling

    I’m not so sure those arrested were watching KRON, or any TV, prior to their mischief.

  • Brock Keeling

    I’m not so sure those arrested were watching KRON, or any TV, prior to their mischief.

  • Briana

    Agreed, the KRON coverage was ridiculous. ABC Local was a bit better, but they took off before things took a turn (at least on their online stream). I was really disappointed by the coverage in general, as newscasters seemed to be stationed blocks from the action and seemed completed uninterested in getting any closer – and this was before the sun set!

    I think if local newscasters are going to throw around words like “looting” and “riot”, they need to at least have someone on the ground backing up those claims. SIGH.

  • Briana

    Agreed, the KRON coverage was ridiculous. ABC Local was a bit better, but they took off before things took a turn (at least on their online stream). I was really disappointed by the coverage in general, as newscasters seemed to be stationed blocks from the action and seemed completed uninterested in getting any closer – and this was before the sun set!

    I think if local newscasters are going to throw around words like “looting” and “riot”, they need to at least have someone on the ground backing up those claims. SIGH.

  • bloomsm

    Second Briana’s comments. KRON started its coverage yesterday afternoon by reporting on its blog that “no riots” had been reported. Way to be balanced. I guess it goes without saying that some of the terminology (“riot” “looting”) was inflammatory and probably racist to boot.

  • bloomsm

    Second Briana’s comments. KRON started its coverage yesterday afternoon by reporting on its blog that “no riots” had been reported. Way to be balanced. I guess it goes without saying that some of the terminology (“riot” “looting”) was inflammatory and probably racist to boot.

  • Greg Dewar

    I agree, Brock. The point was more that KRON was saying the most ridiculous things like “People felt that Oscar Grant died” and they were shouting all this Fox news like commentary wanting the cops to shoot people on sight or some other hyperbolic nonsense.

    TV news in general always hopes for the worst because they think this is their 9/11 emmy time, and in reality it rarely if ever is.

  • Greg Dewar

    I agree, Brock. The point was more that KRON was saying the most ridiculous things like “People felt that Oscar Grant died” and they were shouting all this Fox news like commentary wanting the cops to shoot people on sight or some other hyperbolic nonsense.

    TV news in general always hopes for the worst because they think this is their 9/11 emmy time, and in reality it rarely if ever is.

  • sunnysunset

    Pardon for questioning your journalistic skills but was the UCOP letter received from a credible source? I work in downtown Oakland as well and my company just contacted the city who is not aware of any protests, rallies, or demonstrations scheduled for Friday night.

    I’d greatly appreciate it if you guys could stay updated on that as well.

  • sunnysunset

    Pardon for questioning your journalistic skills but was the UCOP letter received from a credible source? I work in downtown Oakland as well and my company just contacted the city who is not aware of any protests, rallies, or demonstrations scheduled for Friday night.

    I’d greatly appreciate it if you guys could stay updated on that as well.

  • Eve Batey

    Great question. I haven’t been able to confirm that there are protests scheduled — if I had, I certainly would have reported that I had done so! All I can report is that UC seems to think there will be.

    And I feel completely safe in saying that, as the source of the UC letter is as credible as it comes.

    It is good that you are thinking critically about this! Don’t apologize for it.

  • Eve Batey

    Great question. I haven’t been able to confirm that there are protests scheduled — if I had, I certainly would have reported that I had done so! All I can report is that UC seems to think there will be.

    And I feel completely safe in saying that, as the source of the UC letter is as credible as it comes.

    It is good that you are thinking critically about this! Don’t apologize for it.

  • Sarah Fidelibus

    Greg, your comment that “TV news in general always hopes for the worst because they think this is their 9/11 emmy time, and in reality it rarely if ever is,” reminded me of how I felt–not only about local TV coverage, but at the way people were frothing at the mouth over it. A lot of the commentary on Twitter seemed less like missives from media watchdogs acting in the public interest and more like a competition to prove one’s progressive leanings by showing how aghast one could be at KRON’s coverage. It was as though many a tweeter felt that this could be his or her “Emmy” time (or Shorty Award moment, I guess).

    First of all, is it really surprising that the coverage was bad? This is a channel that has the wife of their lead sportscaster read his hate mail to him on air while he responds. So…Edward R. Murrow Award territory KRON is not. Second, it seems that while some of the people tweeting about the coverage actually were in Oakland trying to report what they were seeing, most were just at home, ranting about KRON. A more powerful way to demonstrate opposition to the verdict might have been to…well…demonstrate. Otherwise, the tweets about the coverage and how the media were “missing the point” seemed to be nothing more than complaining in an echo-chamber of like-minded individuals. I am not saying *you* personally should have done something differently–I’m just saying that when I checked my Twitter stream the next morning, the flood of incredibly similar tweets back-to-back-to-back made them seem kind of silly, and not at all poignant, taken all together.

    Still, I was reminded of Jack, in Don DeLillo’s _White Noise_, when he’s tuned in to ongoing coverage of an excavation in a murder suspect’s backyard. When it’s clear there has only been one body buried in the yard–not the “twenty bodies, thirty bodies” that the press had guessed might be found, Jack reflects, “The sense of failed expectations was total. A sadness and emptiness hung over the scene. A dejection, a sorry gloom. We felt it ourselves, my son and I, quietly watching. It was in the room, seeping into the air from pulsing streams of electrons. The reporter seemed at first merely apologetic. But as he continued to discuss the absence of mass graves, he grew increasingly forlorn, […] almost ready to plead with us for sympathy and understanding.

    I tried not to feel disappointed.”

    So really, I’m not sure this kind of coverage is fueled by “Emmy-desire,” so much as it is the result of the media providing the kind of entertainment valued by their audience. Blame KRON–lord knows I won’t try to talk you out of that–but blame too the viewers who were tuned in hoping to watch–from the safety of their living rooms–the carnage they had been promised.

  • Sarah Fidelibus

    Greg, your comment that “TV news in general always hopes for the worst because they think this is their 9/11 emmy time, and in reality it rarely if ever is,” reminded me of how I felt–not only about local TV coverage, but at the way people were frothing at the mouth over it. A lot of the commentary on Twitter seemed less like missives from media watchdogs acting in the public interest and more like a competition to prove one’s progressive leanings by showing how aghast one could be at KRON’s coverage. It was as though many a tweeter felt that this could be his or her “Emmy” time (or Shorty Award moment, I guess).

    First of all, is it really surprising that the coverage was bad? This is a channel that has the wife of their lead sportscaster read his hate mail to him on air while he responds. So…Edward R. Murrow Award territory KRON is not. Second, it seems that while some of the people tweeting about the coverage actually were in Oakland trying to report what they were seeing, most were just at home, ranting about KRON. A more powerful way to demonstrate opposition to the verdict might have been to…well…demonstrate. Otherwise, the tweets about the coverage and how the media were “missing the point” seemed to be nothing more than complaining in an echo-chamber of like-minded individuals. I am not saying *you* personally should have done something differently–I’m just saying that when I checked my Twitter stream the next morning, the flood of incredibly similar tweets back-to-back-to-back made them seem kind of silly, and not at all poignant, taken all together.

    Still, I was reminded of Jack, in Don DeLillo’s _White Noise_, when he’s tuned in to ongoing coverage of an excavation in a murder suspect’s backyard. When it’s clear there has only been one body buried in the yard–not the “twenty bodies, thirty bodies” that the press had guessed might be found, Jack reflects, “The sense of failed expectations was total. A sadness and emptiness hung over the scene. A dejection, a sorry gloom. We felt it ourselves, my son and I, quietly watching. It was in the room, seeping into the air from pulsing streams of electrons. The reporter seemed at first merely apologetic. But as he continued to discuss the absence of mass graves, he grew increasingly forlorn, […] almost ready to plead with us for sympathy and understanding.

    I tried not to feel disappointed.”

    So really, I’m not sure this kind of coverage is fueled by “Emmy-desire,” so much as it is the result of the media providing the kind of entertainment valued by their audience. Blame KRON–lord knows I won’t try to talk you out of that–but blame too the viewers who were tuned in hoping to watch–from the safety of their living rooms–the carnage they had been promised.