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Oakland CA

Jan. 14, 2009

Protest about the shooting of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer.

On New Year's Day at the Fruitvale BART station, Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer who was attempting to break up a fight. A number of witnesses used their cell phones and other video devices to film the incident and it became a YouTube phenomenon. On Jan. 14, 2009, former officer Johannes Mehserle, 27, was arrested and has been charged with Grant's murder. That same evening 18 people were arrested in Oakland after a mostly peaceful demonstration turned ugly at the end.