GROUP MARCHES ON I-580 IN OAKLAND TO PROTEST FERGUSON DECISION

Several hundred people blocked I-580 and several streets in Oakland to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Several hundred people holding signs that read “The People Say Guilty!” and “Missouri, Palestine, Justice Now!” shut down a major highway and several streets in Oakland to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

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Police said numerous people were arrested Monday night for blocking the freeway, but they did not have a precise number. They said one person was arrested for vandalizing a police car.

Dozens of people got around police and ran onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 580, milling around cars, holding signs and raising their hands in the air. Officers in cars and on motorcycles corralled the protesters until they cleared the freeway and opened one lane to traffic an hour later. Minutes later, a large crowd jumped onto the eastbound lanes of I-580, again bringing traffic to a halt.

Two hours after the first freeway takeover, officers had cleared the highway. A few dozen protesters remained on a street near the freeway and peacefully sat around a fire they started with cardboard and trash until it was put out by firefighters called to the area.

A police car was spray-painted with graffiti and a bank window was broken as protesters marched through downtown Oakland, the Oakland Police Department said in a statement.

Shanna Serrano, 24, of San Jose, said the purpose of taking the freeway was to “shut it down, gain that attention for Michael Brown.”

“I think we did it today, but we still need more,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s a never-ending battle.”

Hours earlier, the crowd, which grew to about 500 people, blocked the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway Boulevard after their first attempt to block the highway was stopped by a line of police officers in riot helmets. After a few minutes of chanting “No justice, no peace! No racist police!” the crowd turned around and kept walking through the streets of Oakland, while police officers in cars and motorcycles followed them from a distance.

Some demonstrators lay on the ground while others outlined their bodies in chalk during a moment of silence in memory of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

In San Francisco, a few dozen people gathered in the Mission District echoed the “No justice, no peace!” chants also heard in Oakland. In Sacramento, about 75 people marched through the streets and blocked traffic, the Sacramento Bee reported.

In Southern California, a crowd of about 100 protesters gathered at Leimert Park in Los Angeles around a single speaker to listen to the announcement as it was broadcast from Ferguson.

City News Service reported that after midnight, about 100 police officers wearing riot gear fired foam projectiles into the ground to disperse about 50 protesters on Pico Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles.

A splinter group of about 30 people broke away and marched through surrounding streets, blocking intersections and chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” with their hands in the air. But the demonstrations remained mostly small and peaceful as law enforcement and religious leaders had encouraged earlier in the day.

The City of Oakland has set up Healing Centers in East and West Oakland as safe alternative venues for people wanting to engage in productive dialogue and healing around any emotions brought out by the Ferguson verdict.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  1. Anthony Uren, 26 November, 2014

    There must be a plan to destroy black Americans by those who whip up hysteria and a media that tries to ignore the legal facts.This behavour just goes to show how un American the thinking of most blacks is.They are being fed this bolloclks that they are all saints and its always whiteys fault.

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