(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Twenty-five people were arrested on Monday morning outside the main Oakland Police Department building during a protest against the recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.
According to a release from the OPD, “multiple groups of protesters blocked the main entrances of the building by chaining shut four of the building’s doors and then chaining themselves to the doors.” Police said that those actions crossed the line legally as they prevented the public from accessing police records, including inhibiting the reporting of crimes, obtaining public records, and accessing paperwork for vehicle impound releases.
Police estimated that about 150 to 200 people were present at the protest. One group of protesters connected themselves to each other and blocked the intersection of Broadway and 7th Street, prompting their arrest.
The OPD said the 25 arrests were for either obstructing or blocking a public building and obstructing or delaying a police officer.
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