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Eric Garner Protests Turn Violent

December 8, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Protesters in big numbers blocked a highway in Oakland, California, leading to a heated standoff with California Highway Patrol.

Some demonstrators threw explosives, bottles and rocks at police, authorities said.

Officers deployed tear gas and arrested eight protesters.

Gurpreet Heer, a student at the nearby University of California at Berkeley, said he saw people throwing glass and rocks at police.

“People were vandalizing police cars and jumping on the cars,” Heer said.
Police said five patrol cars had been damaged.

Some protesters looted and vandalized businesses late Sunday night, in the city of Beekley, police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.

One of the protesters who attempted to prevent other protesters from vandalizing and looting a Radio Shack was struck in the head with hammer and was rushed to the hospital Coats said.

The man’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The violent protests were unusual, to date the large number of protests that have taken place nationwide have not been violent.

Demonstrations broke out after a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Garner, an unarmed black man was announced

Garner pleaded as he uttered his last words “I can’t breathe” — have become the battle cry of the protesters.

In New York, Hundreds of protesters gathered at Grand Central station and Macy’s in Herald Square — sites of multiple “die-ins” over the past few days — before barging through the nearby Toys R Us to lie on the floor en masse.

One young couple actually laid on the floor with their toddler between them.

Garner’s mother expressed her pride that people protesting the death of her son have been peaceful for the most part, “The riots have been so beautiful, so nicely done,” Gwen Carr said at her church on Staten Island, according to CNN affiliate NY1. “And peace is the message. We don’t want any violence but keep on moving on.”

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