Hundreds of protesters march through downtown Oakland after Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

Multiple people arrested, police say

A few hundred protesters gathered at Oakland’s Lake Merritt Friday night, after a grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police officers earlier this week for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

The large group moved into the city’s downtown, where most businesses are still boarded up from the George Floyd protests.

Multiple people were arrested for assaulting officers, according to the Oakland Police Department.

The OPD tweeted that protesters became violent, throwing bottles, cans and other objects at officers.

Some turned over orange barricades in an attempt to stop police vehicles from following them.

Protesters yelled anti-police cheers as they marched, dressed mostly in black.

The protest forced the closure of 12th Street BART station, according to BART officials.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the city wants to support protests.

“We want everyone to be safe, and so that is always our first strategy – to actually plan ahead of time with protest organizers to facilitate the protests," she said.

The OPD tweeted earlier on Friday that it was aware of planned demonstrations, and would continue to facilitate safe places for peaceful gatherings.

“In Oakland, we will celebrate the peaceful expression, the passionate expression of that outrage," Schaaf told KCBS Radio. "We also are very clear on the difference between speech and vandalism."

To that effect, Schaaf said police do have tactics - not all of which are openly shared - to keeping vandalism from happening.

The mayor added, however, that there are no plans to institute a curfew.

Police said there were no reports of damage to businesses.