Weekend protests in Berkeley, California, responding to recent grand jury decisions concerning the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — two unarmed black men who died after confrontations with white police officers — spilled over into Monday night, when more than 150 protesters were arrested after blocking traffic on I-80 in Berkeley.
Between 1,000 and 1,500 marchers took part Monday, a relatively calm day compared to Saturday and Sunday nights’ protests in which cases of vandalism and protesters clashing with police were reported.
The weekend marches began peacefully in the evening on the University of California, Berkeley campus with students and community members calling for an end to police brutality. On Saturday, after several instances of vandalism were reported, police released tear gas near campus in an attempt to disband the crowd.
Protests have increasingly sprung up on an almost nightly basis in cities and towns around the country in the wake of grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New York. Both men died after confrontations with police.
The following photos were taken by freelance photographers and student photographers with The Daily Californian, and depict the protests that took place on Saturday and Sunday night in Berkeley, as well as some of the aftermath Monday morning.