OAKLAND -- A group of about 200 protesters marched from downtown into West Oakland on Friday evening, denouncing police violence in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed man in the Midwest that has set off protests nationwide.

The marchers met up around 6 p.m. near Frank Ogawa Plaza, the site of a peaceful rally Thursday afternoon. A national moment of silence was held Thursday to recognize the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer this week in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri.

Marchers started moving south down Broadway around 6:30 p.m., heading past the headquarters of the Oakland Police Department and under Interstate 880, where police -- some in riot helmets -- blocked on- and offramps to prevent protesters from marching onto the freeway.

A protesters is taken into custody at Telegraph Avenue and Parker Street while facing off with  Berkeley police officers during an anti-police brutality
A protesters is taken into custody at Telegraph Avenue and Parker Street while facing off with Berkeley police officers during an anti-police brutality march in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

The group headed west, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot" at times, a refrain that has spread from protests in Ferguson across the country. Police briefly scuffled with a handful of protesters on 3rd Street near Castro Street before the group headed north. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been arrested or injured.

Shortly after 8 p.m., the group was back at the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway. An unidentified person set off fireworks, but the march remained peaceful. The march headed north on Telegraph Avenue into Uptown.

Around 9 p.m., protesters were met at the California Highway Patrol headquarters near Interstate 580 by a row of CHP officers stationed in front of the building in riot helmets. The group continued north and reached the Temescal neighborhood, where windows at a bank and a yarn store were smashed.


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Around 10:15, the dwindling group was met by a line of police officers at Telegraph Avenue and Parker Street in South Berkeley. At least one person was taken into custody during a standoff. The remaining group -- several dozen people -- made their way onto the UC Berkeley campus, then into downtown Berkeley around 11 p.m..



Protesters and Berkeley police officers face off at Telegraph Avenue and Parker Street during an anti-police brutality march in Berkeley, Calif., Friday,
Protesters and Berkeley police officers face off at Telegraph Avenue and Parker Street during an anti-police brutality march in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)