Following the grand jury decision to not indict the white police officer involved in the Eric Garner death, protests started all around the country. While most of them were peaceful, California authorities had to deal with a violent march after a group of protesters threw objects at police officers and smashed windows.
One police officer in Berkeley had to receive treatment in a hospital because of dislocated shoulder that happened as he was hit by a thrown sandbag. Another officer was also injured.
According to a police spokeswoman, various businesses were damaged and looted as a splinter group started creating havoc. Officers tried to get the people to disperse and eventually used tear and smoke gas. The protesters threw bricks, pipes, bottles and rocks at the police officers, with various squad cars being damaged.
6 people were arrested during Sunday morning until the unrest stopped.
The peaceful march was organized by different groups, including Occupy Oakland. As violence started because of the splintered group, the non-violent marchers immediately retreated.
Thousands of people demonstrated peacefully in New York and other cities around the country after the grand jury decision. Eric Garner was seen put in a chokehold by a police officer as he eventually started saying that he cannot breathe. The police said that they were trying to arrest the man for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes.
Police officers declared that the jury’s decision left them as being betrayed and then demonized by all people from the mayor to the president, with protesters screaming at them on the street. The president of the police union, Patrick Lynch:
“Police officers feel like they are being thrown under the bus.”
At the same time, protests are scheduled to continue all around the country, as a thorough investigation requested by Eric Holder started.