Oakland remained quiet Monday after ex-BART officer Johannes Mehserle’s release from Los Angeles County Jail.
Every step of this case has brought protests and sometimes, riots. A handful of businesses in downtown Oakland boarded up their storefronts in preparation for demonstrations. Burger King kept their doors open, but security guard David Dickens came in four hours earlier than he normally would.
“At least some kind of demonstrations, usually there is, but I guess yesterday might have taken care of it and today was more or less a rumor,” Dickens said.
At the Fruitvale BART Station where Mehserle shot unarmed Oscar Grant, it looked like just another day in Oakland.
Protestors gathered the day before at the station for a peaceful rally against Mehserle’s release. Peaceful is what Grant’s uncle Daryl Johnson was going for. He returned Monday to reflect.
“I come out here every once and a while because I just need to,” Johnson said.
Johnson wanted Monday to be about quiet reflection, and that’s what it turned out to be.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun