A brawl erupts at yesterday's game.
At least twenty arrests were confirmed and another ten to twelve people are awaiting paperwork after a Sunday night gathering turned violent in Oakland, with uncontrollable crowds of people screaming, chanting, and painting their faces to hide their identities.
Also, the Raiders won, 24-13.
In the end, the more dangerous place to be in the East Bay over the weekend wasn't on the streets of Berkeley, protesting the decisions not to indict Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson, it was at the pretty peaceful (by its standards) Raiders-Niners game.
In Berkeley, protests on Saturday and Sunday night led to just five arrests for property damage and looting. Police deployed tear gas, and—according to the protestors—rubber bullets, neither of which were used to quell the crowd at the Niners game, which included at least one arrest for possession of a firearm. A typical game sees ten arrests, according to police. (To be clear, not all of the up to 32 arrests in Oakland were for alleged violence.)
The Niners and Raiders game was the first since the teams cancelled their regular preseason matchup following violence in 2011, in which two men were shot in the parking lot following the game and one was beaten unconscious in the bathroom. That level of violence was mostly (though not entirely) absent from yesterday’s game.
Speaking of places from which violence was mostly, but not totally absent, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates called the violent fringe at the Berkeley demonstrations “cowards and thugs who need to take off their masks.” He was presumably not referring to the Black Hole.
A peaceful bystander was reported as saying of the protests, “a very small percentage ruined it for everybody.”