A window is smashed at the Sears store on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, Calif., early Sunday, July 14, 2013, following protests after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Protesters angered by the acquittal Zimmerman held largely peaceful demonstrations in three California cities, but broke windows and started small street fires Oakland, police said. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska)
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OAKLAND, Calif. —
Oakland will consider banning so-called "tools of violence" from protests, two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.
The San Francisco Chronicle says the City Council will vote next week on a proposal to outlaw items such as hammers, slingshots, shields and spray-paint cans from protests. Los Angeles already has such a ban.
Last week, protesters smashed store windows and sprayed graffiti on businesses during protests over the Florida acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Martin.
A similar ban was proposed to the council's Public Safety Committee last year at the height of the Occupy Oakland protests but it got nowhere after demonstrators claimed it would violate their free speech rights.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.