Oakland is boarded up.
Fearing the inevitable riots that will erupt if ex-transit cop Johannes Mehserle isn’t found guilty of murder in the Oscar Grant case [UPDATE at top of article: he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter], business owners around Oakland’s downtown and other areas of the city have been busy nailing plywood boards over their shop windows to minimize damage and looting. This essay documents the pre-riot preparations, and also examines to what extent the expected riot is being fomented by left-wing radical groups.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE: coverage in the San Jose Mercury News