Protests over police killings turn violent in Berkeley as Obama urges patience

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Three officers and a technician were hurt and six people arrested in Northern California when a protest over police killings turned violent.

The Oakland Tribune reported Sunday that police fired rubber bullets and used smoke and flares during a night-long protest in Berkeley that grew increasingly violent and unruly. Protesters smashed windows and threw rocks and bricks at police, who responded with tear gas. Five adults and one juvenile were arrested. Berkeley police didn’t say if any protesters were hurt.

All the officers and the technician are expected to recover. The most serious injury was a dislocated shoulder, Berkeley police said.

Saturday night’s demonstration against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York began peacefully, the latest of several in the Bay Area in recent days.

In an interview with Black Entertainment Television (BET), .U.S. President Barack Obama prescribed time and vigilance to tackle problems as entrenched in American society as racism and bias.

He also is urging patience, saying progress usually comes in small steps.

The president described his conversation with a group of young civil rights activists, including a leader of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, he hosted last week in the White House. Racial tensions have been heightened by the failure of grand juries in Missouri and New York to indict white police officers involved in the killings of unarmed black men.

Tay Nitta / The Associated PressIn this photo provided by Tay Nitta, a police officer in riot gear patrols a street in Berkeley, Calif. amid smoke and tear gas after a protest over police killings turned violent, early Sunday.

Obama said he told them that “this is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history.”

America has made gains, he said, and that “gives us hope” of making more progress.

“We can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening 50 years ago,” Obama said, “and if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better, not good in some places, but better.”

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Stephen Lam / Getty ImagesDemonstrators retreat after the police deploy gear gas during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on Sunday in Berkeley, California.

Obama said he is advising young people to be persistent because “typically progress is in steps, it’s in increments.”

In dealing with something “as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time and you just have to be steady so that you don’t give up when you don’t get all the way there,” Obama said.

The full interview is set to air Monday night. A video excerpt was released Sunday.

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Stephen Lam / Getty ImagesA police officer is seen through a cloud of teargas and smoke in Berkeley, California.
Tay Nitta / The Associated Press

Three officers and a technician were hurt and six people arrested in Northern California when a protest over police killings turned violent.

The Oakland Tribune reported Sunday that police fired rubber bullets and used smoke and flares during a night-long protest in Berkeley that grew increasingly violent and unruly. Protesters smashed windows and threw rocks and bricks at police, who responded with tear gas. Five adults and one juvenile were arrested. Berkeley police didn’t say if any protesters were hurt.

All the officers and the technician are expected to recover. The most serious injury was a dislocated shoulder, Berkeley police said.

Saturday night’s demonstration against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York began peacefully, the latest of several in the Bay Area in recent days.

In an interview with Black Entertainment Television (BET), .U.S. President Barack Obama prescribed time and vigilance to tackle problems as entrenched in American society as racism and bias.

He also is urging patience, saying progress usually comes in small steps.

The president described his conversation with a group of young civil rights activists, including a leader of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, he hosted last week in the White House. Racial tensions have been heightened by the failure of grand juries in Missouri and New York to indict white police officers involved in the killings of unarmed black men.

Tay Nitta / The Associated PressIn this photo provided by Tay Nitta, a police officer in riot gear patrols a street in Berkeley, Calif. amid smoke and tear gas after a protest over police killings turned violent, early Sunday.

Obama said he told them that “this is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history.”

America has made gains, he said, and that “gives us hope” of making more progress.

“We can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening 50 years ago,” Obama said, “and if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better, not good in some places, but better.”

Stephen Lam / Getty Images

Stephen Lam / Getty ImagesDemonstrators retreat after the police deploy gear gas during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on Sunday in Berkeley, California.

Obama said he is advising young people to be persistent because “typically progress is in steps, it’s in increments.”

In dealing with something “as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time and you just have to be steady so that you don’t give up when you don’t get all the way there,” Obama said.

The full interview is set to air Monday night. A video excerpt was released Sunday.

Stephen Lam / Getty Images

Stephen Lam / Getty ImagesA police officer is seen through a cloud of teargas and smoke in Berkeley, California.

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