9 arrested in Zimmerman protests in Oakland

9 arrested and at least 1 injured in violent protests in Oakland over Zimmerman acquittal

Associated Press
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A woman holds up a sign during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. Anger over the acquittal of a U.S. neighborhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager continued Monday, with civil rights leaders saying mostly peaceful protests will continue this weekend with vigils in dozens of cities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At least one person was injured and police made nine arrests when a protest over George Zimmerman's Florida acquittal turned violent in Oakland.

Newspapers report that a waiter guarding windows at a restaurant was hit in the face with a hammer late Monday night, and protesters threw fireworks at police in riot gear. Police deployed flash-bang grenades.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the arrests were for crimes including assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/18i9j1E ) that the waiter's co-workers were helping him ice his head as they waited for an ambulance.

Witnesses told the newspaper that a protester was also injured after being struck by a police projectile. Police did not immediately respond to a request to confirm or deny that report.

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