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Calm returns to Oakland after protest

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Calm has returned to a residential area in Oakland after Friday night's clash between police and people protesting the sentence handed out in the Bay Area Rapid Transit shooting trial.Police said 152 protesters were arrested for vandalism, unlawful assembly and disturbing the peace.

Johannes Mehserle received the minimum two-year sentence on his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the killing of Oscar Grant.

Residents in a normally quiet neighborhood wondered why the protesters marched into their part of Oakland.

"I saw like an army full of police guys with their tear guns, gas out and billyclubs like they were just going to beat up someone," said Oakland resident Jestina Broxie. "It was really scary."

Police said they will be looking at video and photographs hoping to identify those who damaged property so charges can be filed.