OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A protest that began peacefully in California ended with multiple fires, several damaged cars and many broken windows.
The protest against police brutality in Oakland began calmly on Friday evening, media reported. A subsequent march drew around 300 people with fires and shattered windows.
A car dealership was among the damaged buildings. At least one car was set on fire. A fire was also started outside a bank. Protesters were seen marching past the scene of a car crash.
Photos and videos uploaded show protesters with placards and flags. Many chanted the names of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old who was shot dead by an officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer in Chicago.
People in the crowd threw bottles and other items at officers during the march, Oakland Police said in a statement. A policeman was injured in the head. A member of the community was also assaulted, police said.
The statement said that the demonstrators dragged barriers on the road to block and delay the intervention of the police.
Authorities declared the gathering illegal and ordered the protesters to leave. Police said the protesters dispersed peacefully. There were no arrests or citations issued.
Some companies had closed their windows earlier on Friday in anticipation of the unrest, according to news outlets.