While we can't be in Walnut Creek to report live from today's pro-Johannes Mehserle rally (because, well, let's face it, it's in Walnut Creek), Mercury News has a continuing "live chat" from the chillingly tepid scene just outside the city's courthouse.

Since the rally started at 2 p.m., here are a few updates:

2:13: "Nothing more dangerous outside than a raised voice or a placard on a stick so far."

2:14: "Two or three dozen on each side. Still standing far apart."

2:!6: "No one claiming Tea Party yet."

2:23: "The pro-Mehserle protesters appear to have moved toward the sidewalk and close to Buttercup Diner."

2:28: "No riot gear anywhere. Most I saw was white plastic strips on cops' belts for flexi-handcuff purposes if necessary."

2:30: "Looks like several hundred people outside the courthouse, standing on the edge of the parking lot and lining the sidewalks."

And, well, that's it so far, folks. For further updates, please visit MercuryNews.com.

BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009 at the Frutivale BART platform.