OAKLAND (CBS 5) – A foreclosure auction ended with Billy clubs and bloodshed on the steps of the Alameda County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon, according to protesters.

Five people were arrested in what was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration.  Sheriff’s deputies completely surrounded the courthouse after protesters attempted to follow auctioneers inside the building, according to the protesters.

The activists claim that officers blocked their path, and violently shoved them away from the building. They began making arrests after one of the protesters threw something at officers.

Protesters, including a man who already had a broken arm, claimed that they were severely beaten.  Sheriffs began making arrests after someone threw an object at officers.

There was no initial word on what the protesters would be charged with.

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Comments (8)
  1. JaneQPublic says:

    Undoubtly they will be charged with ‘obstruction of justice’ and/or ‘resisting arrest’, – it’s what cops everywhere in Amerika use when they really dont have anything else….

    Meanwhile, the poor are beaten into submission and the middle class is strangled while the richfat cats feast on their blood, sweat & tears.

    1. DaPoPoMan says:

      Your are such an idiot! Keep telling yourself you live in a police state. If you really want to do some good, go to Syria and protest there. Then maybe you can learn something.

  2. eight ball in the side pocket says:

    don’t mess with the cops just that simple it isn’t poor it anti rich it aint middle class. If Fat cats were messing with the cops they would get arrested and or hurt too.
    THe Police is the largest gang and brotherhood in the nation bring us heat we will get back up. Obey the law and behave.

    Its not hard

  3. d says:

    What are these people protesting? People lose their homes because they don’t pay, it doesn’t really matter if they can or can’t nothing is free. I guess these protestors think homes should be free if you are faced with hard times. Free homes for all right?

  4. Dale N says:

    d and y are very ugly people on the inside.

    1. d says:

      No, I am just a hard working American trying to make ends meet, but I don’t feel entitled like so many today.

  5. DaPoPoMan says:

    As far as ‘severely beaten’ goes, these idiots have no idea what being ‘severely beaten’ really is. These are probably people who were never even spanked by their parents. Don’t do stupid things and this sort of stuff will not happen to you. You were trying to follow auctioneers into the courthouse, WRONG ANSWER! You do not get free access to the courthouse, you need to have some form of lawful business therein and following auctioneers inside is not that. You are not free to go anywhere you please and do anything you want. There are all sorts of limitations that apply to the 1st Amendment. If you want to protest outside, knock yourselves out, but the second you start blocking access or impeding anyone else, your actions now have infringed upon the civil rights of others and your rights to act like an idiot have ended.

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