Oakland Police Press Release 11/24/14
The Emergency Operations Center was activated this afternoon at about 4 pm. Crowds began to gather at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. By 6 pm when the verdict was announced by St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough, the crowd was estimated at about 100 protesters and grew to 400-500.
At about 6:45 pm, protesters marched down Broadway towards 8th Street and Jackson. With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, protesters were prevented from closing down I-880. Protesters then went back to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
Mutual aid was called at about 7 pm.
Protesters continued to march through downtown towards Lake Merritt and the Grand Avenue/Lakeshore area. About 500 hundred protesters ran up the freeway onramp near Trader Joe’s, shutting down I-580W between Lakeshore Avenue and Park Blvd. CHP is diverting traffic, and there have been reports of fireworks in the area. Unlawful assembly announcements were made at 8:30 to get protesters off the freeway; protesters began to disperse.
There have been two reports of vandalism:
One police car was spray-painted with graffiti at 7th Street/Jackson, and a Chase Bank window at 20th Street and Webster was broken.
Arrests: 1 for vandalism to police car and numerous arrests on freeway.
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