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Violence flares after police murder trial

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Racial tensions have boiled over in the US after a white ex-police officer was convicted of shooting an unarmed black man.

Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and faces up to four years in jail for killing Oscar Grant in Oakland, California in 2009.

Prosecutors argued the officer became angry at Grant for resisting arrest and were seeking a murder conviction, but Mehserle claimed he had mistakenly drawn his gun instead of his tazer.

Wanda Johnson the mother of Oscar Grant said:
‘‘My son was murdered! and the law has not held the officer accountable the way he should be held accountable.’‘

Violence flared in Oakland following the verdict with Police making more than 80 arrests. Hugely divisive, the trial was moved to Los Angeles in an effort to avoid creating further unrest.