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Trayvon supporter smashes Oakland man in the face with a hammer

hammerTrayvon supporters rioted in Oakland for the third night in a row now. Monday night, a Trayvon supporter hit a man in the face with a hammer. A total of nine people were arrested by police.



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A crowd of several hundred people protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida briefly shut down traffic on Interstate 880 during a lengthy march Monday evening, blocking numerous streets before a group of more than 100 people scuffled with police shortly after 11 p.m.

At least one person was injured when he was struck on the head with a hammer or a similar object. Witnesses said a protester was injured and writhing in pain at Broadway and 16th Street after apparently being struck in the shoulder by a police projectile.

The late-night skirmishes began after police charged at several vandals who smashed windows at the Men’s Warehouse at 15th Street and Broadway.

Police deployed flash-bang grenades; protesters threw fireworks at lines of officers wearing riot gear.

Protesters later marched up Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, where people stood in front of bars and restaurants to protect them from window-smashing vandals.

A waiter was hit with what appeared to be a hammer while protecting the windows at Flora, a restaurant at the corner of Telegraph and 19th Street.

“Protesters with black masks approached the window and tried to bang at it,” said bartender Phillip Ricafort. “(The waiter) said, ‘Don’t do that!’ and the guy turned around and smacked him in the face with a hammer” or another metal object.

“It was gruesome,” said Ricafort. He said his co-worker was bleeding from the face.

VandalsĀ also targeted Flora’s windows over the weekend; several windows were still boarded up.

The man’s co-workers were helping him ice his head on a chair in the back of the restaurant as they waited for an ambulance. Police also stopped to check on them before marching on.


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