The Oakland Police Department will organize a crowd-control training excercise today to better prepare officers to respond to protests related to a verdict in the trial of former BART officer Johannes Mehserle, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The department hopes to avert a replay of rioting that occurred in January 2009, after Mehserle was arrested, then released on bail.

Jurors aren't expected to begin deliberations until later this month at the earliest.

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