Hundreds take to Oakland streets protesting police killings

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Oakland, as demonstrations unfold across the U.S. over the police killings of unarmed Black people.

The protest began shortly after 8:30 Friday night and the images are stunning — Several businesses have been hit and windows smashed.

There have been numerous reports of car dealerships vandalized and even cars set on fire.

This demonstration was a response to the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old fatally shot by an officer in Chicago.

He was shot and killed by Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop Sunday.

Potter has since been charged with second degree manslaughter but the unrest continues.

Photos and videos posted online showed marchers with signs and flags.

People in the crowd threw bottles and other objects at officers during the march, Oakland police said in a statement.

The statement said protesters dragged barriers into the road to block and delay responding officers.

Several businesses earlier that day took matters into their own hands and boarded up in the anticipation of these protests.

The last time these protests happened, several shops were hit by vandals then, so they didn’t want to take chances.

According to OPD, the protest ended around 11 p.m. last night.

One officer suffered an injury from being struck in the head. A community member was also assaulted, police said.

Authorities declared an unlawful assembly and instructed demonstrators to leave. Police said the protesters dispersed peacefully. There were no arrests or citations issued.

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