OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Nine people were arrested in Oakland overnight as demonstrators took to the streets for a third night to protest George Zimmerman’s Florida acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
A number of downtown businesses were vandalized and a server at Flora, a restaurant on Telegraph Avenue at 19th Street, was hit in the head by a hammer-wielding protester while trying to protect the restaurant’s windows. Flora had its windows broken on Saturday night in a similar protest.
The restaurant tweeted Tuesday morning that the server was “doing OK” after spending the night in the emergency room.
Among the businesses that had their windows smashed were a Men’s Wearhouse store, Comerica bank, Foot Locker and Youth Radio.
Dozens of demonstrators briefly blocked Interstate 880 in Oakland at the end of rush hour Monday before lanes were cleared by authorities. Several protesters laid their bicycles on the ground in front of stopped cars.