Race protests explode into violence as white ex-cop is charged with fatal shooting of unarmed black man

A California town exploded into violent race riots last night after a white former police officer was charged for the shooting of an unarmed black man lying face down on a train platform.

The fatal New Year's Eve shooting has inflamed long-running racial tensions between police and the many outraged African-American residents of Oakland, California.

Newly released court documents allege that Johannes Mehserle, who was charged Tuesday, shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant while Grant had his hands behind his back and another officer was kneeling on his neck.

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