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Protests against police brutality have turned violent in Berkeley, California, as officers are resorting to rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and tear gas in a tense standoff with demonstrators demanding justice.
The scene in this liberal college town remains chaotic Saturday night as reports of injured protesters at the hands of the police begin emerged. The protesters took to the streets to express their anger over a series of high-profile incidences involving the death of black Americans at the hands of white police officers - all of whom were cleared of any wrongdoing by the courts.
According to police, some of the protesters took to more violent methods of expression.
Was this on the news anywhere?
Why don't police only get rubber bullets and none of this would happen when they shoot people.
originally posted by: babybunnies
Well, Berkley was the birthplace of the free speech movement, about 50 years ago.
How ironic that less than two months after banning Bill Maher from speaking because they didn't like what he might say, their protestors get tear gassed by police.
What goes around, comes around. Free speech isn't something that you pick and choose when you'd like to apply it.
Hundreds of protesters returned to East Bay streets on Sunday for a second night of raucous demonstrations against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.
Sunday’s protest started out largely peaceful in Berkeley, but by 9 p.m. crowds had climbed past lines of California Highway Patrol officers onto Highway 24 in Oakland, where they blocked multiple lanes of eastbound traffic.
Even as the crowd chanted “peaceful protest,” a group of people jumped on top of two law enforcement vehicles and kicked at the sirens, and several set small fires nearby. Police eventually moved protesters away from the cars, one of them damaged by fire.
BERKELEY, California -- Organizers of a demonstration against police killings told a crowd of hundreds before their march Monday evening that they should feel free to use violence if they so chose.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: xuenchen
It's funny. I just saw another thread on here that makes it sound as if the police waded into a crowd of people singing "Puff the Magic Dragon" and holding hands. No mention of any sort of violence or vandalism or anything in that thread. Soooooo weeeeeeirdddd