Originally published at Oakland Local. Several hours after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, more than a 100 protesters marched through downtown Oakland, chanting and carrying signs that read “We Are All Trayvon Martin” and “F*** The Police.”
Despite a small group of protesters who smashed windows, spray painted graffiti and set small fires, there were relatively few physical interactions between police and protesters. According to an Oakland Police Department spokesperson, there were no arrests or injuries following the protest.
As protesters began marching down Broadway around 10:30 p.m., police dispatchers urged officers to rush to 7th Street to set up a police line. About 15 officers were stretched across Broadway by the time protesters arrived. The group turned around and over the next two hours marched a winding route through downtown that took them past the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse before returning to Broadway around 1 a.m.
Oakland police closely monitored the march via helicopter; over police dispatch radio officers tried to identify the individuals who were breaking windows and tagging anti-police graffiti. Police cars followed the march, usually several blocks behind. As the marchers returned to Broadway a little before 1 a.m., trash cans were dragged into intersections and set on fire, a scuffle between several protesters broke out and vandalism increased.
Police cruisers began aggressively driving through intersections and blocking access to side streets causing the protesters to split up into smaller groups on different blocks. The march soon dissipated.