Oakland police arrest 29 after downtown protest turns violent

Oakland police arrest 29 protesters Wednesday for vandalism, resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon

Oakland police arrested 29 people after a peaceful protest turned violent Wednesday night.

The protest consisting of about 130 people began around 9 p.m. in downtown, police said. About an hour into it, protesters in the 1700-2000 blocks of Broadway and Telegraph Avenue began throwing bricks and bottles at police while others tagged property and knocked over trash cans, police said.

Arrests were made on vandalism, failure to disperse, resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon charges, police said.

In addition, several citations were issued for vehicle code violations.

It is unclear exactly what the protest was over, but the area has been the spot of several marches after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. 

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