At least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrestedWednesday night, while 35 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism, according to police officials.
About 200 or 300 largely peaceful demonstrators crisscrossed the streets of downtown Los Angeles for several hours in the afternoon and evening over a decision not to bring criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Later some of the protesters were stopped by a phalanx of riot-clad police near the Central Library.
Lt. Andy Neiman said an unlawful assembly was declared after some marchers began walking in the street and disrupting traffic. They were ordered to disperse but instead reformed, with police trying to corral them.
Neiman said 130 protesters were arrested.
Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the arrests there came after a march by about 100 people through Oakland streets.
She said that later small groups began moving through the streets with some vandalizing property, mainly breaking windows.
On Monday and Tuesday, some demonstrators in Oakland vandalized businesses and blocked freeways.
During the demonstration Wednesday in Los Angeles, demonstrators had marched to a federal building and police headquarters but they were turned away by lines of police after heading toward the county jail and then the Staples Center arena, where the Los Angeles Lakers were playing.
“The system is wrong,” demonstrator Jovan Brown told KCAL-TV. “We’re trying to let everybody know if we come together as a people and unite, we can change it.”
There was a brief, tense confrontation where a handful of demonstrators screamed at officers, who held raised batons. One officer struck a woman who had moved forward, and another shoved a protester.
Finally, squads of police boxed in and began arresting around 60 remaining protesters for failure to disperse, Neiman said.
Most of those arrested were expected to be released after posting $500 bail for the misdemeanor. However, those unable to pay the bail could remain jailed through the Thanksgiving weekend pending scheduled Monday court hearings, authorities said.
Earlier Wednesday, nine people were arrested after they sat down in a bus lane on U.S. 101 near downtown during one of the busiest driving days of the year.
There were smaller, peaceful protests in other communities, including San Diego and Riverside.
More than 300 protesters have been arrested over the past three days by Los Angeles police and California Highway Patrol officers.
From The Associated Press. Kristin J. Bender in San Francisco and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this story.