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City Council to Probe Police Actions at Protest

May 01, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Members of the Oakland City Council have agreed to open an inquiry into the Police Department's decision to fire wooden dowels, rubber "stinger" grenades and other nonlethal weapons at antiwar protesters April 7.

During the clash, at least a dozen demonstrators who were blocking the entrance to a shipping company at the Port of Oakland were injured, along with six longshoremen standing nearby.

Police Chief Richard Word and Mayor Jerry Brown have defended the use of force, saying protesters hurled concrete and metal bolts at officers, set a bonfire and ignored repeated orders to disperse.

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