BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Video footage shows the moment a protester was assaulted with a hammer while trying stop other protesters from looting a Radio Shack on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley Sunday night.

Berkeleyside reporter Emilie Raguso caught the incident on camera, which shows a man wearing bicycle helmet pushing several protesters donning ski masks on a Berkeley sidewalk. Moments later, one protester slams the man with a hammer to his head, causing him to crash to the ground.

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The injured protester was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening, according to the police.

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Demonstrators smashed windows and looted stores, mainly along Shattuck Avenue and Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley Sunday and Saturday nights. The City of Berkeley’s Department of Public Works is helping businesses affected by Sunday night’s protests board up their windows to secure their property.

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The protest, one of several in the Bay Area over the past few nights, was in response to a New York grand jury’s decision on Wednesday to not indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.

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