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Protesters march in Oakland over Ferguson shooting

Dozens of people marched across parts of Oakland and Berkeley Friday night demonstrating against police brutality.
Dozens of people marched across parts of Oakland and Berkeley demonstrating against police brutality and in support of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday night, the loosely-organized march roamed through Downtown Oakland, leaving a small path of destruction.

Around 10 p.m., protesters made it all the way up Telegraph and into Berkeley, but it came to a halt after Berkeley police in riot gear formed a skirmish line at Telegraph and Derby. They took at least one man was taken into custody.

The march began around 7 p.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza where about 100 protesters marched straight to Oakland police headquarters. Many of them chanted, "Justice for Michael Brown," and "Hands up, don't shoot."

Police had to block the on-ramp to I-880 to keep them from getting on the interstate.

A short time later, there was a report of a scuffle with pepper spray involved.

It's unclear where the pepper spray came from. Oakland police officials tell ABC7 News none of their officers used pepper spray or gas during the protest.

In fact, an Oakland police spokesperson told ABC7 News two of their officers were pepper sprayed by protesters.

Officer Johnna Watson also said one of their officers was hospitalized after he was assaulted by a group of protesters. That officer has since been treated and released.

There have been at least two broken windows. One was broken at the Taste of Denmark bakery and another window was broken at a business in Koreatown.

A few buildings and roadways were also spraypainted along the way. At one point, someone fired off some fireworks in Oakland.

The local demonstration was organized by members of the protest group Occupy Oakland and the Labor Solidarity Committee.
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