For the second night in a row, on Wednesday protesters took to Oakland’s streets to demonstrate against the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States.
What started as a series of peaceful daytime walkouts and rallies largely led by students at East Bay high schools and in downtown Oakland turned violent soon after nightfall. Protest organizers urged women, children and the frail to leave, and soon after, Oakland police officers began forming skirmish lines and using tear gas as protesters broke windows, burned Trump in effigy and set a series of small fires on downtown streets.
The Oakland Police Department (OPD) estimated the crowd’s size at 7,000 people. According to a press release from the department, after 8 pm, members of the crowd began assaulting officers with “rocks, bottles, fireworks, M-80s, and Molotov cocktails.” The department requested “mutual aid” from a dozen other local law enforcement agencies.
In a second press release sent out Thursday morning, the OPD stated that officers made 30 arrests and issued 11 citations to protesters for “assault on an officer, vandalism, unlawful assembly, failure to disperse, and possession of a firearm.” Three officers were injured, three police vehicles belonging to the Pleasanton Police Department were damaged, and Oakland police and fire officials put out approximately 40 fires, including one set inside a downtown business.
More than a dozen Oakland North reporters captured the action in photos. Click through the slideshow above to see each photograph. You can also read our coverage of the evening and see raw video here. Our complete Election 2016 coverage is here.
Photos by Alessandra Bergamin, Mary Newman, Andrew Beale, Stefanie Le, Jacob Shea, Yesica Prado, Sawsan Morrar and Abner Hauge. Slideshow compiled by Tian Chenwei.