|Nine arrested in Zimmerman protests in Oakland|
|Written by RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, Associated Press|
|Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:20|
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 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.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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