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Police blame outsiders for Oakland unrest

Friday, July 09, 2010
Involuntary destruction graffiti written on a storefront Mark Curry Oscar Grant Sr. ABC7 legal analyst Dean Johnson Oscar Grants friend Jack Bryson

The majority of the looters and protesters arrested Thursday night by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department do not live in Oakland.

The sheriff's office arrested 78 people. Of those, just 19 live in Oakland. Twenty-eight others live elsewhere in the Bay Area.

Nineteen are from other areas of California. There were 12 out-of-state people arrested.

"Well I don't have any indication; in other words they haven't told me why they're here, but you do have to question why somebody's here from out of state in the middle of Oakland at night causing trouble," sheriff's spokesperson J.D. Nelson said.

Of the 78 arrested, 60 are men. Sixty-six people are being released today on misdemeanor charges. The other 12 are being kept and charged with felonies.

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