Trayvon Martin protests: Tweets in Oakland show violence firsthand

For the third consecutive night, a crowd of hundreds gathered Monday in downtown Oakland to protest George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The protests grew violent, Oakland Police Department spokeswoman told The Times on Monday, as members of the crowd threw bottles and fireworks at police officers, smashed store windows and burned U.S. flags.


Police arrested at least six people, officials said, on a range of felony and misdemeanor charges.

A group of more than 100 protesters blocked traffic on Interstate 880 for about 15 minutes earlier Monday night, officials said. At least one person was escorted away in handcuffs.

On social media, protesters and reporters shared photographs and details about Monday night's demonstration.

Fireworks exploding. Crowd of about 200 moves down Broadway. Several arrest so far. #HoodiesUp

— Natalia Aldana (@naldana22)

Other photographs and tweets showed evidence of damage done on previous nights.