Police Open Fire on Anti-War Protestors

April 20, 2003

On April 7, in Oakland, California, police opened fire with "non-lethal" weapons on hundreds of protestors at the Oakland Docks.

Anti-war demonstrators in Oakland had gathered to picket APL, a major shipper of military cargo which as a longstanding relationship with the U.S. military. According to reports, police open fired on the protesters with rubber bullets, wooden dowel "sting-balls," and concussion grenades. Over 50 protesters were injured, some seriously, including numerous workers from local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse union. Five workers were taken to the hospital and one required surgery.

According to the New York Times, the shipping companies at the docks had asked the police to break up the demonstration. According to one observer, the police "began shooting at us minutes after their arrival."

On the same day, hundreds of protestors in the Bay Area also demonstrated at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, the San Francisco federal building, and offices of various government officials.

Images above show injuries to some of the anti-war demonstrators afterOakland police opened fire on them, using rubber bullets and wooden dowel "sting-balls."