159 Arrested In California Protests

According to the AP, hundreds marched through Berkeley for a third night a row Monday night, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men on the other side of the country.

Protesters blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood and sat on train tracks, temporarily forcing an Amtrak train to stop.

The California Highway Patrol said a large group of demonstrators destroyed a highway perimeter fence, moved into lanes and threw rocks and other objects at officers. It was claimed that it took about an hour and a half to clear the interstate, and no major injuries were reported.

CHiPs arrested 150 people on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstructing police and other charges.

Also, the Berkeley Police Department arrested nine people, including a juvenile, Officer Jennifer Coats said early Tuesday. She described the latest protests as mostly peaceful, with no injuries and no reports of looting or damaged property. Police estimated the crowd at about 1,500 people.

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