OAKLAND (CBS SF/KCBS) — About a hundred protesters were on the move in East Oakland Saturday evening after a day of planned and spontaneous demonstrations around the city for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The crowd had traveled several miles from the Fruitvale BART station to the Oakland Police Substation, at the Eastmont Mall.
The marchers want to keep the memories of Eric Garner and Mike Brown alive, along with scores of other unarmed black men across the country who have been killed by police officers.
Along the route the crowd chanted, “no justice, no peace, no racist police.”
At the substation, a group of police officers stood calmly as demonstrators continued to rally with megaphones and chants.
Yvetta Felarka, with the activist group, By Any Means Necessary, said more people in the community should come out get involved.
“If the District Attorney in Ferguson and the District Attorney in New York State jailed these killer cops like Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, then they (the community) certainly have the power,” said Falarka.
Earlier, in front of Oakland’s Grand Lake Theatre there was this spontaneous ‘Die-In. Inside the movie ‘Selma’ was being shown. Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley said the aim was “to disrupt the traffic, disrupt the flow of people’s movements, to accentuate the lost lives.”
Not far away, there was an informal public gathering at the Lake Merritt BART station.
Police said Saturday’s demonstrations were peaceful but advised that traffic along the protest route may be impacted.