Protests in California Over Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Turn Violent

A demonstrator throws backs a teargas canister toward the police line during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on Dec. 6, 2014 in Berkeley, Calif. (Photo: Stephen Lam, Getty Images)
A demonstrator throws backs a teargas canister toward the police line during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on Dec. 6, 2014 in Berkeley, Calif.
(Photo: Stephen Lam, Getty Images)

Quiet finally fell on a main thoroughfare of Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday after a night of protest turned violent and left several businesses battered and looted.

Protests across the nation over a New York grand jury’s decision Wednesday not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold-related death of an unarmed black man were mostly peaceful Saturday night. But in Berkeley, masked protesters smashed windows and threw objects at police, authorities said.

Some protesters broke business windows while others implored them to stop the violence, CNN reported.

Officer Jenn Coats, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police Department, said a police officer received hospital treatment for a shoulder injury, while another sustained minor injuries after some of the protesters threw rocks and other projectiles. Six people were arrested.

Coats said several businesses on University Avenue were looted and damaged. Windows were broken and wine bottles smashed at a Trader Joe’s, while masked looters broke into a Radio Shack and grabbed merchandise, the Bay-area news website sfgate.com reported. Protesters also broke windows at a Wells Fargo Bank, the website said.

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Source: USA Today | Jane Onyanga-Omara and John Bacon

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