Dec 15, 2014 1:28 PM

Protesters block roads by Oakland police building

The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Demonstrators blocked streets around Oakland police headquarters and chained themselves to the front of the building Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

Television news footage showed more than a dozen people blocking two roads off Interstate 880 in downtown Oakland near the police building in the morning.

More than 50 protesters tried to prevent access to the police headquarters, with some chaining themselves to the front doors and a flagpole, the Oakland Tribune reported ( ). Protesters in front of one entrance held a sign that read, "End the War on Black People."

It was not immediately clear whether there were any arrests.

Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have experienced numerous protests some violent since a grand jury decided not to indict white officers in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York City. Both men were black and unarmed.

Monday's protest in Oakland came a night after Brown's father visited a San Francisco church to thank those who supported his family.


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