Protesters block both directions of Hwy 24 near MacArthur BART

AP Photo/Ben MargotProtestors chained together block the intersection of Broadway and 7th Street in front of the Oakland Police department Monday.

Hundreds of people have made their way into Oakland after walking through city streets in downtown Berkeley Tuesday night to protest decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men.

The downtown Berkeley BART station was closed at about 7:10 p.m. due to the protests but reopened about an hour later, according to a BART dispatcher.

Trains were only running through the station located at 2160 Shattuck Ave., BART officials said.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the MacArthur BART station at 555 40th St. was closed due to the protests, the dispatcher said.

California Highway Patrol officers in riot gear were seen blocking state Highway 24 ramps at Telegraph Avenue in Oakland around 8:45 p.m.

At about 9:15 p.m., protesters were seen on Highway 24 near the MacArthur BART station blocking traffic in both directions, CHP officials said.

Law enforcement officers were seen firing projectiles, believed to be bean bags, into the crowd and directed the crowds back onto surface streets.

The protests started around 6:20 p.m. when police said about 100 people were marching through UC Berkeley's South Campus area.

About an hour later, the group grew to a larger crowd at Center Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, near Civic Center Park, police said.

They gathered at the front of City Hall where they heard remarks by City Councilmen Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin.

The Berkeley City Council had a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. but it was canceled due to protesters who had planned to disrupt the meeting.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the protesters left City Hall and were marching south on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Allston Way, police said. They then went south on Telegraph Avenue.

Amtrak train service has been suspended on the Capitol Corridor line between the Oakland Coliseum stop and Richmond due to the protests, transit officials said.

Trains serving the San Joaquin and Coast Starlight routes will also experience delays, Amtrak officials said.

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit buses have been detoured from their regular routes due to the protests in the city, AC Transit officials said.

Examiner staff writer Jonah Owen Lamb contributed to this report.CaliforniaCalifornia News

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