159 arrested in third night of Berkeley protests

Dec 9, 2014 11:11 AM by News Staff

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities arrested nearly 160 people in Berkeley as crowds marched for a third night in a row to protest grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men in other states.

The California Highway Patrol says a large group of demonstrators blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 after destroying perimeter fencing and flooding lanes Monday night.

The agency says protesters threw rocks and other objects at officers. It took about an hour and a half to clear the freeway.

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

Berkeley Officer Jennifer Coats says nine other people, including a juvenile, were arrested in the liberal city during a protest that grew to as large as 1,500 people.


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