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Peaceful Oakland Protest Marred By OPD Response


Around 4:00 p.m. Monday, protesters gathered in front of Oakland Technical High School on Broadway. Tupac blared on loud speakers as they prepared to march in memory of George Floyd and against police violence.


The protest was organized by Oakland students and soon began to make its way down Broadway, swelling to fifteen thousand according to police estimates


The crowd marched to Frank Ogawa Plaza and listened to speakers on the steps of Oakland City Hall. Protesters dispersed after the program and many made their way up Broadway, in the direction of the school. 


A smaller group continued down Broadway, toward the Oakland Police Department headquarters and were met by police. Around 7:45 p.m., officers announced the city’s 8:00 p.m. curfew. 


Minutes later, they fired tear gas at the remaining protesters and arrested approximately forty


Tuesday morning, in an interview with KCBS Radio, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff described the protest as mostly peaceful and a "powerful and beautiful demonstration around our wish for a most just world."


Precious has lived in and loved the Bay Area since 2012 when she moved from Atlanta, Georgia. Her reporting interests include the politics of race and gender and pop culture as a reflection of our changing cultural landscape. Prior to joining KALW, Precious worked with a variety of community development, social impact and economic equity focused organizations. Before moving to the Bay Area, she practiced law in her hometown.