Protests against police brutality have turned violent in Berkeley, California, as officers are resorting to rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and tear gas in a tense standoff with demonstrators demanding justice.
The scene in this liberal college town remains chaotic Saturday night as reports of injured protesters at the hands of the police begin emerged. The protesters took to the streets to express their anger over a series of high-profile incidences involving the death of black Americans at the hands of white police officers – all of whom were cleared of any wrongdoing by the courts.
According to police, some of the protesters took to more violent methods of expression.
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“A small portion of protesters have been violent,” Jennifer Coats, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police Department, told CNN. “They started throwing rocks and other projectiles at our officers. Some officers have suffered minor injuries as a result.”
Coats confirmed that one police officer suffered injuries as some of the protesters hurled objects at police positions.
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Several masked protesters hurled projectiles at police in riot gear, while other protesters implored them not to use violence.
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