Hundreds resume Garner protest in Berkeley


Between 200 and 500 people are marching in Berkeley Sunday┬ánight for the second day of demonstrations against a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, according to police and demonstrators.

The demonstration began at Telegraph and Durant streets around 5 p.m., said Officer Jennifer Coats.

Reports and photos on Twitter showed demonstrators standing in front of buses and blocking traffic.

Protester Francesca Rivera said she estimated 200 people were marching on Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way.

Protesters tonight could be heard yelling, “Fist up, Fight back,” and “Turn it up, don’t turn it down. Shut it down for Michael Brown.”

Coats said at least one business owner has reported someone spray-painted their business during the march tonight.

Six people were arrested Saturday night during demonstrations in the city, which coincided with dozens of protests in the Bay Area and across the country this week against police brutality.

Rivera said police started the violence against protesters on Saturday night. The demonstration eventually ended with police using tear gas to disperse the crowd.

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