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Shooting by Oakland, Calif., officer sparks anger

From The Associated Press

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums urged residents to remain calm after protests turned violent in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a transit police officer. ...

Photo: Protesters in a rage over the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man by BART police on New Year’s Day.

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Video: street protests >>> (Frederic Larson / San Francisco Chronicle)
... What had started as a peaceful demonstration Wednesday over the Jan. 1 shooting of Oscar Grant escalated into trouble. At least three cars were set on fire, many other automobiles were damaged, and windows were broken on some downtown stores. ...

Photo: An Oakland police officer hits a demonstrator with a night stick while attempting to clear city streets.

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... Police in riot gear threw tear gas to try to break up the demonstration. At least 14 people were arrested before the unrest ebbed overnight.

Grant, 22, was killed on a Bay Area Rapid Transit station platform after officers went there amid reports about groups of men fighting on a train. He was one of a small group of men taken off the train, and officers had made him lie face-down at the time he was killed. ...

Photo: Firefighters extinguish a blazing car as the police move the protesters down the street.

Submit your own photos and video from this event. (Lacy Atkins / San Francisco Chronicle)
... The New Year’s Day shooting and events leading up to it were captured on amateur videos that have been broadcast on television. ...

Photo: Wednesday, Oakland police officers tackle demonstrators during a protest that turned to a riot on the streets of Oakland.

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... Bay Area Rapid Transit District police officer Johannes Mehserle resigned from the agency shortly before he was supposed to be interviewed by investigators Wednesday. Mehserle’s attorney did not immediately respond to calls for comment Wednesday.

Grant’s family has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against BART and want prosecutors to file criminal charges against Mehserle. ...

Photo: Ryan Hall, 26, protests the BART police shooting of an unarmed man.

Submit your own photos and video from this event. (Noah Berger / San Francisco Chronicle)
... Dellums went to the protest scene Wednesday night to urge for calm. He and several council members then led a group toward City Hall and further addressed them.

“Even with our anger and our pain, let’s still address each other with a degree of civility and calmness and not make this tragedy an excuse to engage in violence,” Dellums said. “I don’t want anybody hurt, I don’t want anybody killed.” ...

Photo: Smoke rises from a burning car along Madison Street in Oakland.

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... Dellums had directed the city’s police department to conduct a third investigation into Grant’s killing and to treat the incident as a homicide.

During the protest, some people threw bottles, and windows were smashed at a fast-food restaurant and other downtown stores. Police in riot gear threw tear gas to try to break it up. ...

Photo: Oakland police officers are silhouetted as a car burns in the background after being set ablaze by rioters.

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... “The crowd started to become more agitated, more hostile, started throwing stuff at the police,” Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said. “We gave a dispersal order four to five times over a 20-minute period, then we had our officers go in and start making arrests.” ...

Photo: Sharhonda Thomas holds a sign as she stands on turnstiles during a demonstration at the Fruitvale BART station.

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... Organizers of the protest say they have another rally set for later today during a BART board meeting. ...

Photo: Chantay Moore, second from left, is comforted after viewing the body of her brother Oscar Grant during his funeral at the Palma Ceia Baptist Church.

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... Police didn’t immediately respond to a request early today for an update on the number of arrests.

Photo: A mourner wears a hooded sweatshirt with an image of Oscar Grant at Grant’s funeral at the Palma Ceia Baptist Church in Hayward.

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