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Anti-Police Brutality Protests Disrupt Shopping, Subways In Bay Area (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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More than 100 protesters marched against police brutality on Jan. 18 in Oakland, California. The demonstrators held signs and blocked traffic while being followed by dozens of cops from the Oakland Police Department.

The protest was mostly peaceful, but there were some tense moments and three demonstrators were detained by officers.

The demonstrators held signs that read: "Black Lives Matter", noted USA Today.

About 50 demonstrators performed a "die-in" outside a Walmart store and chanted "poverty is violence", while 100 people disrupted shopping in Emeryville, California, by blocking traffic and yelling, "Stop shopping. Shut it down."

The protests were planned to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 19.

"A lot of stores are capitalizing on Martin Luther King by calling for people to shop at MLK Day sales," stated protester Pete Woiwode. "But what he was actually calling for was an end to racism, militarism and capitalism."

There were also protests on Jan. 17, which resulted in four people being arrested. According to ABC7 News, the demonstrators marched for Mike Brown, who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, who died after being held in a chokehold by a New York police officer in 2014.

On Jan. 16, protesters in San Francisco caused the closure of three BART subway stations, which dropped ridership down by 24,000.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at one subway station and clinked metal spoons against metal pillars, and chanted “Black Lives Matter”, noted CBS San Francisco (video below).

Two protesters were arrested for blocking subway doors and banging their spoons on subway cars.

Sources: USA Today, CBS San Francisco, ABC7 News
Image Credit: CBS San Francisco Screenshot