Oakland Police Shootout Protests Fierce; Home windows damaged, fires lit; Vandalized Companies – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX) – Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Oakland Friday night to express their anger over the deadly police shootings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, but the rally quickly turned violent and destructive as protesters started fires, smashed windows and Roads blocked.
Wright died in a gunfight with officials in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Toledo was killed in Chicago.
The protest began peacefully with 250-300 protesters marching through the streets of downtown Oakland early Friday evening. As the hours passed, factions broke up along Broadway Auto Row and began to wreak havoc.
Photo Gallery: Police Shootout Protest Turns Violent in Oakland
The shop windows of a Target store were smashed and fires were set in car dealerships.
Oakland Police said the protesters “began breaking numerous shop windows, spraying building surfaces and starting various debris fires.”
An officer was hit in the head with a bottle and injured. The protesters also put up barriers in the carriageway to block and delay the police’s response.
Many downtown companies awaiting the demonstrations on Friday evening boarded up shop windows and office windows in preparation for potential violence.
As the violence accelerated, Oakland Police announced over loudspeakers that the gathering was illegal and the crowd was advised of several available routes and peacefully dispersed.
Oakland police said the incident ended at 11:00 p.m.
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