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Bail stands for man charged in Oakland protest injuries

November 17, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce bail for a man charged with exploding a device that injured police officers during a protest in Oakland.

The East Bay Times says a lawyer for 23-year-old Giovanni Gaines failed Friday to get his $3 million bail reduced. He argued that Gaines had never been in trouble before.

Prosecutors say Gaines gave a 13-year-old boy an illegal, shrapnel-throwing M-1000 firework to hurl at police during a July march.

Four officers suffered leg burns and puncture wounds.

Surveillance camera footage led to the arrests of Gaines and the teen earlier this month.

The march followed a vigil for 18-year-old Nia Wilson, who was stabbed to death at a Bay Area Rapid Transit System station platform in Oakland. A homeless man is charged with her murder.

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