The front of the Berkeley police headquarters was covered in anti-police graffiti Monday night after a group of protesters calling for the police to be defunded ended their march there. It is unclear whether members of that protest were responsible for the act.
The March to Camp Out, organized by a group of youth protesters, including students from Berkeley High, began at 1 p.m. at Bushrod Park in Oakland. Participants marched to BPD headquarters where they remained for many hours. BPD put out a Nixle alert around 9 p.m. suggesting people avoid the area around Center Street and MLK Jr. Way between Allston Way and Addison Street due to protest activity and related traffic issues. The event ended around 11 p.m.
The group numbered about 75-100 people at its height and dwindled to about 40 people, according to Officer Byron White, the BPD spokesperson, who said police “kept their distance.”