A protest over the death of Eric Garner turned violent in Berkeley, Calif. on Saturday when masked protesters smashed windows and threw objects at police, authorities said.

Some protesters broke business windows while others implored them to stop the violence, CNN reported.

Officer Jenn Coats, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police Department, told the Associated Press that a police officer received hospital treatment for a shoulder injury, while another sustained minor injuries after some of the protesters threw rocks and other projectiles.

She said several businesses on University Avenue were looted and damaged.

“A small splinter group from the original protests continues to march in Berkeley,” she said in a statement issued at about 11 p.m. PST.

“Unfortunately this group has become violent and continues to throw objects, including rocks and bricks at officers.”

She said the crowd ignored several dispersal orders.

“In response to the violence officers have utilized tear gas and smoke in an effort to disperse the crowd,” she said.

Coats earlier told CNN about 200 people were taking part in the fourth day of protests in the city after a grand jury decided that a Staten Island, N.Y., police officer would not face charges in the July death of Garner, 43, an asthmatic who died after a apparently being put in a chokehold… see more

source: usatoday