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Oakland Chaos After Police Kill Unarmed Black Man

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Oakland Chaos After Police Kill Unarmed Black Man

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Oakland Chaos After Police Kill Unarmed Black Man

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At least 100 were arrested following violent demonstrations Wednesday in Oakland. Thomas Hawk (Flickr) hide caption

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Community outrage erupted onto the streets of Oakland this week in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man, by a white officer. Rioters torched city property downtown and caused extensive damage to neighborhood businesses and motor vehicles.

When the dust settled, at least 100 were in police custody.

Oakland business owner Leemu Topka's downtown African hair braiding salon was targeted by vandals during the Wednesday night riots. She describes tensions witnessed throughout the evening and discusses how the extent of damage to her property. Topka is joined by Demian Bulwa, a reporter covering the Oakland crisis for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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