About 2,000 rally in Oakland in reaction to police shootings


About 2,000 angry protesters marched through downtown Oakland, blocking traffic on Interstate 880 and pouring red paint on the front door of an Oakland police station in solidarity with two black men fatally shot by police officers this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Cars were backed up for hundreds of yards in both directions on the elevated downtown freeway after hundreds of protesters swarmed up the on-ramps around 8:45 p.m. and began dancing, playing music and spray-painting slogans on the pavement. Other protesters climbed to the top of a semitrailer that was stalled in the huge traffic jam.

“Burn it to the ground,” one protester wrote in black spray paint in the middle of the freeway.

Another group of protesters stood facing a long line of helmeted Oakland officers at Sixth Street and Broadway in a tense, quiet standoff.


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