Oakland reacts to Ferguson grand jury decision

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Demonstrators swept through downtown Oakland Monday night, eventually moving toward the Grand Lake area, last night after hearing the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. With helicopters circling above, the demonstrators shut down the 580 freeway near Grand Avenue for several hours, flanked by piles of trash burning on the off-ramp nearby.

Oakland North had a team of reporters and photographers following the demonstration.  You can read our on-the-scene coverage from Monday night here, and click through the photo gallery above for scenes of Oakland’s reaction to the news from Ferguson.

Additional photography by Bonnie Chan. Video by Alyssa Jeong Perry.

Update: The captions on photos 3, 4 and 5 have been edited. We had previously mis-identified the photos as taken near Lake Temescal. They were actually taken on Grand Avenue.


  1. MsJulesBernstein

    Photo caption on your third picture in the series is incorrect. That’s Lake Merritt – not Lake Temescal.

  2. MsJulesBernstein

    Check pics 4 and 5 too. The lake near Grand Avenue is called Lake Merritt.

  3. You need to come to Oakland more often. Many of your captions refer to “Grand Avenue, in Oakland, near Lake Temescal.” I actually live quite near Lake Temescal and it is nowhere near Grand Avenue; it is a couple of miles away. The lake near Grand Avenue is Lake Merritt.

  4. These photos are absolutely bizarre. I attended a private gathering last night in the Bellevue Towers, by Lake Merritt. My best estimate is that it was about 8:45 PM when I turned right onto Grand Avenue, drove down to the 580 westbound onramp, and sailed onto the freeway. There wasn’t a soul there. I saw the mess on eastbound 580, complete with multiple cop cars; but 580 westbound at that time was empty. I can’t have missed them by more than 10 or 15 minutes.

  5. Thanks @KarenIvy and @MsJulesBernstein – we’ve updated those captions now.

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