Oakland Protest Over Ferguson Shooting Temporarily Shuts Down Freeway Ramps

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    Freeway ramps in the downtown Oakland area were temporarily shut down Wednesday by a protest on city streets, according to the California Highway Patrol. Derek Shore reports.

    Freeway ramps in the downtown Oakland area were temporarily shut down Wednesday by a protest on city streets, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Protestors late Wednesday continued to march through city streets. In addition, a large police presence remained visible.

    The Oakland protest and march is one of three that were scheduled for today in the Bay Area in response to the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Another rally took place in San Jose earlier Wednesday and a third was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in San Jose.

    Over a week has passed since Michael Brown Jr., 18, was shot and killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, but daily protests have continued in Ferguson, drawing a heavy police response.

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    Continuing unrest following the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting rallies and vigils throughout the country, including at least three today in the Bay Area. Robert Handa reports.

    In Oakland, organizers are drawing connections between Brown's death and other police shooting deaths.

    Speakers at a rally near Oakland police headquarters were expected to include Jeralynn Blueford, whose son Alan Blueford was shot and killed by Oakland police on May 6, 2012; Wanda Johnson, whose son Oscar Grant III was killed by a BART police officer at Oakland's Fruitvale Station on Jan. 1, 2009; and Dionne Smith, whose son James Earl Rivera Jr. was shot by police in Stockton on July 22, 2010.