At what point do we put an end to this nonsense?
Hundreds of protesters returned to East Bay streets on Sunday for a second night of raucous demonstrations against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.
Sunday’s protest started out largely peaceful in Berkeley, but by 9 p.m. crowds had climbed past lines of California Highway Patrol officers onto Highway 24 in Oakland, where they blocked multiple lanes of eastbound traffic.
Even as the crowd chanted “peaceful protest,” a group of people jumped on top of two law enforcement vehicles and kicked at the sirens, and several set small fires nearby. Police eventually moved protesters away from the cars, one of them damaged by fire.
A crowd of about 100 demonstrators moved east on the freeway toward Claremont Avenue while several hundred more protesters followed on the streets below. A little after 9 p.m., CHP officers in riot gear released tear gas and began herding protesters off the freeway. Officers arrested 8 people.
Soon afterward, five CHP patrol cars on Telegraph Avenue were dented and had their windows broken. A firework — believed to be an M80 — was thrown at officers.
Later in the evening, large crowds still remained in the streets, migrating to downtown Berkeley. On Shattuck Avenue and nearby streets, some businesses were vandalized and looted, and some trash bins were set on fire. Downtown Berkeley BART station also was temporarily closed.
By midnight, there were still a few hundred people on the streets. At one point, the Radio Shack on Shattuck at Dwight Way was ransacked. Later, the Whole Foods store on Telegraph was looted, with people taking and passing around bottles of champagne.
Time to celebrate the peacefulness with some bubbly. Meanwhile, back in New York, the leftwing radicals again invaded Macy’s for some odd reason. They have nothing to fear since the mayor is on their side.