By Alex Emslie
Protests related to the Ferguson case — in which a county grand jury decided not to indict a police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown during an altercation last August — continued Tuesday.
The protests began at two downtown locations — 14th and Broadway and on lower Broadway near police headquarters, then headed to I-980, on the edge of West Oakland, up San Pablo Avenue for a short distance, over to Telegraph Avenue, then up Telegraph into the Temescal District before heading west to 55th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, then west and south into Emeryville.
Many episodes of vandalism were recorded, and at one point, marchers ignited a trash fire that stretched all the way across Telegraph just south of MacArthur Boulevard.
The Rev. Ben McBride of Oakland walked between the crowd of protesters and the line of police marching through the trash-fire barricade. He said the vandalism is counterproductive.
KQED’s Alex Emslie reports that fires have been set to trash bins and mattresses around 34th and Telegraph. Glass doors at a Walgreens were smashed. Multiple loud explosions, possibly M-80s, startled the crowd.
At MacArthur and Telegraph, a California Highway Patrol patrol car was surrounded by a crowd of protesters who began beating on the car and smashing windows. Officers charged in and made several arrests. Emslie captured video of the incident.