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Oakland police order protesters to leave; reports of store, bank windows broken

July 8, 2010 |  8:50 pm

The Oakland Police Department has declared an unlawful assembly in downtown Oakland, telling the remaining protesters upset by Thursday’s BART verdict to disperse.

Protesters have begun to break windows at a bank and at a Rite-Aid store at 16th Street and Broadway, and people are breaking windows at Foot Locker, according to the Oakland Tribune.

KRON-TV reported that graffiti was being painted on the walls.

A window of a Subway shop has also been shattered, the Daily Californian reported. 

According to eyewitnesses tweeting from the scene, Oakland police are warning the crowd that if they refuse to move, chemical agents may be used. Police had donned their gas masks, according to broadcast reports.

KRON-TV reported that people were looting the Foot Locker and fires were being started in the street.

-- Maria L. LaGanga reporting from Oakland and Rong-Gong Lin II reporting from Los Angeles