This allegation comes on the heels of several incidents where police force was used on credentialed journalists covering the protests Saturday evening. The Northern California Society for Professional Journalists posted an open letter denouncing the police response.
Check back Wednesday morning for updates.
Update, 4 p.m. Tuesday: The latest fallout from a series of Berkeley protests against police violence: The Berkeley City Council has canceled its Tuesday night meeting. The decision was made as activists from Occupy Oakland called for a shutdown of the meeting. A statement from Mayor Tom Bates suggested the meeting was scratched because of capacity issues:
"The Council Chambers can hold about 125 people, and we understand substantially more people are interested in attending the meeting due to recent events in Berkeley. We want to ensure that the community has as much access as possible to public meetings. The Agenda for the December 9 meeting will be rescheduled for a future date and public notice will be given prior to that meeting. A notice of meeting cancellation will be issued by the City Clerk and publicly posted. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Occupy Oakland is still calling for a 7 p.m. activist "convergence" at the park adjacent to the Berkeley Civic Center building. Other activists have called for a 5 p.m. gathering and march from Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue -- in part to protest the jailing of 150 activists arrested after Interstate 80 was blocked during Monday night's march.
That demonstration marked the third straight night of demonstrations in Berkeley against police killings earlier this year of African-American men -- one, Michael Brown, in a suburb of St. Louis and the other, Eric Garner, in the New York City borough of Staten Island.
The events have also taken on a much more local focus, with protesters reacting to aggressive police tactics on Saturday night, the first evening of the demonstrations. Police that night used tear gas, batons and "less than lethal" munitions to try to disperse several hundred demonstrators. The second night of the protest was marked by widespread window-smashing and other vandalism -- though most of the hundreds who participated in a marathon evening of marching were nonviolent.
Update, 9 a.m. Tuesday: The California Highway Patrol reports that it arrested 150 people near the Powell Street ramps to Interstate 80 in Emeryville. The CHP says most of those arrested will face charges of resisting arrest/obstructing a peace officer.
Berkeley police said a total of nine people were arrested there during Monday night's event. Police said there were no reports of vandalism or other violence in the city during the evening-long protest.
Update, 11:50 p.m. Monday:
After a standoff of more than an hour between police and protesters in the Powell Street Center Shopping Plaza in Emeryville, police have begun making arrests.