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PHOTOS: Protest in L.A. as former BART officer appears in court

Outside courthouse
Shango Abiola shouts and raises his fist during a press conference in front of the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles over the hearing going on inside for former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle, who is charged with the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant last year. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Show of support
Members of the Black Riders Liberation Party line up to support protesters outside the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles, where former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle appeared for the first time since his murder case was moved from Alameda County. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Appeal
Rachel Jackson with the Oakland Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant shouts her message during a press conference in front of the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Anger
A protester outside the Criminal Courts building holds a flyer with former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle’s picture on it. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Relative speaks
Cephus Johnson, center, uncle of Oscar J. Grant III, addresses a press conference outside the Criminal Courts building. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Speaking out
Sophina Mesa, center, the girlfriend of Oscar J. Grant III, and Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, right, at the press conference outside the Criminal Courts building. The trial of the former BART office was moved to Southern California because of the high publicity surrounding the case in the Bay Area. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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