I-880 reopens following Black Lives Matter protests in Oakland

Credit: Sarita Ocon
Credit: Sarita Ocon

OAKLAND (KRON) — Demonstrators shut down a major highway in Oakland Thursday night to protest the recent police shootings of black men.

All lanes of Interstate Highway 880 have been reopened early Friday morning following the night of protests.

The protest, called by the groups Live Free and the Anti-Police Terror Project, started at 7 p.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza with a group of 100 protestors and quickly grew to about 2,000 people.

As demonstrators made their way down Broadway toward 6th Street, a group of about 1,000 protestors went onto the highway and blocked traffic in both directions, police said.

Protesters were sitting across the lanes, some were lighting off fireworks. One protester attempted to light a moveable Caltrans sign on fire.

The crowd downsized from 800 to about 500 protestors by 11 p.m.

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At 12:18 a.m., the Oakland Police Department reported there will still about 100 protestors demonstrating against police violence.

Bt 1:15 a.m., all protestors were cleared out and the freeway was reopened.

Police reported vandalism to the Police Administration Building, including paint on the doors, scratches on glass and broken glass.

There have been other incidents of vandalism reported including broken windows and graffiti at nearby businesses.

There were arrests made, but police have not said how many people were arrested during the protests.

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