Berkeley protest devolves into violence, ‘mob scene’

Berkeley protest devolves into violence, ‘mob scene’

Tear gas and smoke bombs scattered protesters during a march that started peacefully in Berkeley, Saturday night.

The skirmish with police began near Addison and Shattuck at about 6:30 p.m. as police and masked protesters faced off. The protesters broke windows along University Ave. near Martin Luther King Blvd., smashed bottles and spray painted graffiti. Others took hammers and smashed ATM machines, and overturned garbage dumpsters.

KCBS reporter Mark Seelig described it as a “mob scene.” He said employees at Trader Joes shut themselves inside the store in an effort to escape the violence.

The march was organized by Occupy Oakland and other groups, to protest recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York.

The decisions not to indict police officers in the shooting death of Michael Brown, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner have sparked protests across the country.

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