Bay Area cities’ homicide rates show striking drop

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Marches, Die-Ins, Protests, Demonstrations Across Oakland On Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend.

OAKLAND (CBS SF/KCBS) — About a hundred protesters were on the move in East Oakland Saturday evening after a day of planned and spontaneous demonstrations around the city for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The march originated Sunday evening in the downtown area and progressed toward a transit station, said a police spokeswoman, who said that officers helped facilitate that march, according to an Associated Press report.About 150 people marched through Oakland on Sunday evening, capping a weekend of Bay Area demonstrations aimed at highlighting injustices against African Americans. The marchers want to keep the memories of Eric Garner and Mike Brown alive, along with scores of other unarmed black men across the country who have been killed by police officers. “If the District Attorney in Ferguson and the District Attorney in New York State jailed these killer cops like Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, then they (the community) certainly have the power,” said Falarka.

The demonstrators, according to SFGate, shackled themselves for four and a half hours to symbolize the amount of time Michael Brown laid on the street in Ferguson, Mo after he was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in August. Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley said the aim was “to disrupt the traffic, disrupt the flow of people’s movements, to accentuate the lost lives.”

USA Today reported that about 150 protesters blocked traffic and shouted anti-police slogans as dozens of polie followed them on foot and on motorcycles. That is our first demand: that police violence stop.“ Breitbart News reported that protesters chained themselves to Bay Area Rapid Transit trains on Black Friday delaying commuters traveling to and from work at the West Oakland train station. At one point when the demonstration passed under a freeway underpass, and some in the crowd started screaming, “Let’s take it,” others urged them not to try to block the freeway. “I’m here to support the black community,” said one Berkeley resident who gave only his first name, Brennos. “I’d like the local government and the national government to do something about the disparities in the way black people are treated.

While Garner did not elaborate on the circumstances of his cousin’s death, he said the killing was emblematic of what he sees as a larger issue of police violence against young black men throughout the country. “It changed how I felt about law enforcement,” he said about the shooting. “This situation hit close to me. Let’s shut it down.” Later Sunday afternoon, demonstrators, many of them families with children, marched in Emeryville and vowed to shut down “business as usual” at the Bay Street mall. As dusk fell in San Francisco, demonstrators gathered at the Powell Street cable car turnaround for a “sleep-in” to protest laws they said do nothing but target the poor. King were alive today, he’d be right here with us.” More than 100 people, many chanting “Black lives matter,” converged on the Oakland Police Department’s Eastmont substation at 2651 73rd Ave. after gathering at the Fruitvale BART Station.

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