MLK march heads to Oakland cop station
A Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend march demonstrating against the deaths of unarmed black men and other police violence is heading toward an Oakland police substation in East Oakland this afternoon, according to police.
Organizers called for the gathering to meet outside Oakland’s Fruitvale BART station at 3 p.m. Marching started around 4 p.m.
The marchers are seeking justice for Mike Brown, the teenager shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, killed in a police chokehold in New York.
Both deaths occurred last year, according to organizers. Demonstrators are also fighting against what they call racist police violence in the black, Latino and other minority communities.
Police said around 5 p.m. a crowd of about 100 was heading to the substation at 2651 73rd Ave.
Around 5:30 p.m., police said the group had stopped at Fortune Way and 62nd Avenue.
Police advised that traffic might be affected along the march route.
The march is part of a series of protests and rallies held this holiday weekend throughout the Bay Area and beyond in honor of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was assassinated in 1968.