By Paul T. Rosynsky
OAKLAND — Three more people were charged with felonies this week in connection with the looting that occurred in downtown Oakland after former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for killing Oscar Grant III, a county official said.
Two of the people charged this week were identified after the Oakland Police Department released photographs of looters inside a Foot Locker store with stolen shoes in their hands, said Alameda County deputy district attorney Bob Hartman.
The third man was caught after he tried to sell shoes he is suspected of stealing from the Foot Locker in Alameda.
Those charged this week include:
Some voiced displeasure with the verdict, believing Mesherle should have been found guilty of the more serious second-degree murder charge.
In total, Oakland Police arrested 78 people during the protests in which businesses were damaged and looted. Some trash bins were set on fire and graffiti was sprayed during the civil unrest as protesters clashed with police officers from around the Bay Area. Most of those arrested were cited and released.