News In Brief: Trial of Protesters in Riot Begins

Opening statements and initial testimonies were heard Wednesday in the trial against two protesters involved with Feb. 26 riots south of UC Berkeley.

Marika Goodrich, a UC Berkeley senior at the time of her arrest, and UC Berkeley alumnus Zachary Miller – the defendants in the case – were arrested after a riot of more than 200 people swarmed the streets of Southside and clashed with police officers. Goodrich was originally booked on charges of assault on a police officer, inciting a riot and resisting arrest. Miller was originally booked for inciting a riot, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

On March 1, both defendants entered pleas of not guilty – Goodrich pled to charges of assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest and Miller to resisting arrest and two counts of attempting to remove a peace officer’s non-firearm weapon.

Since then, a jury has been picked, and the trial will move forward in the upcoming week, starting with opening statements made Wednesday by both sides.

Testimony was also heard from officer Kevin Reece of the Berkeley Police Department, according to Goodrich’s attorney John M. Hamasaki.

“Tomorrow should be mostly the prosecution’s case,” Hamasaki said. “They will be calling two to three more police officers, and then we are presenting the defense.”

Hamasaki said the trial will not be particularly long; however, upcoming days in which the court is not in session will elongate the process. He said there will only be three days of testimony but he estimates the trial will not be wrapped up until the end of next week.

Proceedings will reconvene today at 9:30 a.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

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