A peaceful protest in Oakland ended with multiple fires, several cars damaged, and numerous windows shattered.
According to media reports, the protest against police brutality in Oakland began peacefully Friday night. A subsequent march drew about 300 people, some of whom set fires and broke windows.
Damages in Oakland
Among the buildings damaged was a car dealership. At least one vehicle was set ablaze. Outside a bank, a fire was also started. Demonstrators were seen walking past a car accident scene.
Marchers with signs and flags were seen in photos and videos posted online. Many people chanted Daunte Wright’s name, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Adam Toledo’s name, a 13-year-old who was fatally shot by an officer in Chicago.
During the march, people in the crowd threw bottles and other objects at officers, according to an Oakland police statement. One officer was hit in the head and suffered a concussion. According to police, another member of the community was also assaulted.
According to the statement, protesters dragged barriers into the road to obstruct and delay responding officers.
Authorities declared an unlawful assembly and ordered protesters to disperse. According to police, the protesters dispersed peacefully. No arrests or citations were issued.
According to news outlets, some businesses had boarded up their storefronts earlier Friday in anticipation of the unrest.
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