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Agitators among a crowd at a planned protest in Oakland have caused a civil disturbance by setting fires, throwing objects at officers and pointing lasers, leading to the closure of a BART station, officials said Wednesday.

The City of Oakland announced that the police department would be increasing staff in advance of a planned protest in support of racial justice set to begin at 8 p.m.

“We celebrate passionate protest, but remind Oaklanders that
when they attend protests after dark they may be providing cover for agitators
who are more intent on vandalism and stoking civil unrest than advancing social
justice,” read a statement released by the city.  

In a series of tweets Wednesday night, the department first
asked that protest organizers help law enforcement provide a safe space for
demonstrations.

Then, police began to tweet about civil unrest taking place.

“Some people in the crowd are setting fire to garbage cans
and breaking windows along Broadway,” one tweet read.

According to police, agitators within the crowd also
attempted to set fire to a business, set off illegal fireworks and threw items
at officers.

Around 10 p.m. BART closed the 19th Street station
in Oakland due to a civil disturbance.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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