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Oakland PD to Review Crowd Control Procedures

Oakland´s police chief says his office will evaluate how officers use wooden dowels and “sting balls” after injured protesters and longshoremen complained of injuries at a demonstration today.

Chief Richard Word says wooden dowels are supposed to be shot at the ground, not directly at people. 12 protesters and 6 longshoremen were injured when police opened fire with the non-lethal weapons at a protest at the Port of Oakland. Some of those injured said officers aimed at them directly. The longshoremen were waiting outside the port for a union arbitrator to tell them if “it was OK” to cross the picket line when they were caught in the line of fire.

Anti-war protests were held around the Bay Area today. In Oakland, 31 people were arrested. 12 were arrested at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, and 7 were arrested in San Francisco for shutting down an off-ramp from Interstate 280.