Hundreds of protesters shut down trains & Interstate 80 near Berkeley

Demonstrators took to the streets of Berkeley, California for yet another march Monday night to protest the police-related deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The march brought traffic to a crawl on both directions of Interstate 80 just before 9pm local time, as hundreds of protesters walked out onto the freeway.

Police were eventually able to break up the group, but cops and protesters faced off again on a pedestrian bridge stretching across the major thoroughfare.

The downtown Berkeley BART station was also shut down, and protesters in nearby Emeryville were pictured dramatically laying down on the tracks in front of Amtrak trains.

Monday’s protest follows two nights of violence and vandalism in Berkeley and Oakland, as a few rogue demonstrators broke into local businesses to loot and the California Highway Patrol deployed tear gas to combat some protesters who attacked the cops with explosives.

Eleven protesters were arrested in marches on Saturday and Sunday and appeared for their first arraignments Monday afternoon.

Activists in the Bay Area have been holding marches every night since last Wednesday, when a State Island grand jury decided not to indict the NYPD officer responsible for killing Garner with an illegal chokehold.

On Sunday, opportunistic thieves joined the demonstrations and broke into a RadioShack to loot the store for pricey gadgets.

By Ashley Collman – MailOnline –

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