High school students in Oakland stage walkout to protest police shooting

Vince Cestone and Bay City News - OAKLAND (KRON, BCN) -- Dozens of high school students at Castlemont High School in East Oakland walked out of class Tuesday afternoon in protest of the fatal shooting of a man armed with a pellet gun on Sunday, according to a school district spokesman.

About 70 students from the high school, located at 8601 MacArthur Blvd., left class at around 1 p.m. They marched around the corner to 90th and Bancroft avenues, where four police officers shot and killed the man as he approached them on Sunday evening, Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said.

They protested there for about 30 minutes and returned to class without incident, Flint said.

Police have not identified the 39-year-old man shot and killed there but said he approached and pointed an Airsoft pellet gun at officers who were working on impounding motorcycles involved in sideshows over the weekend.

The officers had cornered the motorcyclists there after they roamed city streets, taking up entire blocks along with cars and four-wheelers, police said.

The man shot and killed is not believed to have been affiliated with the sideshows.

As many as 700 cars participated in sideshows throughout East Oakland Saturday night and early Sunday morning, keeping Oakland police and California Highway Patrol officers scrambling.

The sideshows Sunday were smaller, but police still had to pull staff from the Oakland Raiders game to deal with them.

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