The protesters demonstrating nationwide against the New York grand jury’s decision into the chokehold-related death of an unarmed black man by a white cop turned violent on Saturday night.
According to the police, the violent protest calmed down on Sunday except Berkeley, California where masked protesters continued showing aggressive form of protests as they smashed windows and threw objects at the cops.
Some protesters were seen breaking business windows, but several others were found imploring them to stop the violence.
Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Jenn Coats said a police officer also suffered serious shoulder injury while handling the angry protesters. Another cop sustained minor injuries after the protesters threw rocks and harmful objects at him. Six people were arrested by the police.
According to Coats, several businesses on University Avenue were also damaged and looted. Windows were found broken, while wine bottles were seen smashed at a Trader Joe’s.
The authorities also said that some masked looters also broke into a Radio Shack and snatched merchandise. Some of them also broke windows and damaged properties at a Wells Fargo Bank.
The violence was created by a “small splinter group” that broke off from the main group of about 400 protesters, who were demonstrating peacefully, Coats said.
“Unfortunately this group has become violent and continues to throw objects, including rocks and bricks at officers,” Coats said in a statement on Saturday night.
The grand jury’s decision to drop criminal charges against the white cop has inflamed the racial tensions between the African-American communities and the law enforcement officials.