A UC Berkeley graduate student in social welfare, a salesman and a Twitter user who had hoped the jury in the trial of the former BART police officer would do the “right thing” were among the nine people charged with crimes related to Thursday’s protests in downtown Oakland.
They were among 78 people arrested during a protest in which downtown businesses were looted, had their windows broken or were damaged by anti-police graffiti, authorities said. Demonstrators also set trash bins on fire and clashed with police.
Adrion Huebl, 23, and John Osburn were charged with failure to disperse and engaging in a riot, both misdemeanors.
Police reports say Huebl threw a glass bottle at officers on a skirmish line. Nobody was hurt by the bottle. He pleaded not guilty Monday. His attorney, Dan Siegel, said Huebl was at the scene to take pictures and denied throwing anything at officers.
Seven other protesters were charged with felonies.
Tyrone Moore, 35, was charged with drug possession and possession of a destructive device. He was being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $525,000 bail.
Laramie Elliott, 21, and Sarah Thibault, 28, a UC Berkeley graduate student in social welfare, were arrested on the 2200 block of Telegraph Avenue. Both were charged with arson and burglary and were being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.
Todd Lyster, 28 – who a day before the Johannes Mehserle verdict had posted on his Twitter account, “hoping the jury does the ‘right’ thing in the Oscar Grant trial” – was charged with attempted arson. He was not in custody Tuesday. Adrian Wilson, also charged with attempted arson, was in custody in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Terry James Williams Jr., 33, was charged with burglary and possession of stolen property for allegedly stealing “grills,” or jewelry worn over the teeth, from a store near 17th Street and Broadway. Because Williams is a parolee, he is being held without bail for an alleged parole violation, records show. Williams pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Arthur Jackson, who at 46 is the oldest defendant in the case, was charged with burglary and possession of stolen property after being arrested on suspicion of stealing shoes from the Foot Locker near 14th Street and Broadway. His bail was set at $55,000. His listed occupation was sales, according to jail records.
“He did not enter the Foot Locker,” said Siegel, also the attorney for Jackson, who pleaded not guilty Tuesday.