Protester Beaten by Vandals: ‘This Harms Movements’

SFGate, December 10, 2014

A powerful video posted to YouTube shows a bloodied man in the moments after he had two teeth knocked out by masked vandals late Tuesday in Oakland during a protest against police brutality that ranged from Berkeley to Oakland to Emeryville. (Warning: profane language.)

The video, posted by former Chronicle reporter Justin Berton, shows the aftermath of the unidentified man’s efforts to stop people from lighting a dumpster on fire. At a number of recent protests, some demonstrators have sought to stop others from turning peaceful rallies into stages for window-smashing, graffiti, looting and violence. Sometimes they chant “Peaceful protest,” and in some cases they actually try to step in, which can be dangerous.


UPDATE: Another video, posted to LiveLeak, shows the actual attack on the victim as he tries to stop the burning of the dumpster and is surrounded by people berating him and telling him he is “acting like police” at an anti-police protest. (Warning: graphic violence and profane language.) [Editor’s Note: The attacks start around the 2:30 mark.]


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