A peaceful candlelight vigil for the woman, identified through friends as -year-old Yvette Henderson, morphed into a protest as angry mourners broke away and vandalized the Home Depot where yesterday’s incident apparently unfolded. An estimated 70-80 mourners gathered at the Extra Storage Facility site on Hollis where a reportedly armed Henderson was shot and killed by an Emeryville PD officer after fleeing the scene of a crime.
The mourners gathered at site on the Emeryville-Oakland border at about 7:30 p.m. but hours later, some in the group marched into the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center and threw bricks at the Home Depot and spray painted “Remember Yvette” on another window. A first hand account of the event from a neighbor described the chaos: “Things went nuts. We got locked in for about 15 minutes and I heard all this commotion and yelling about closing the doors.” Protesters then proceeded to Pak ‘n Save where some entered the store chanting “Black Lives Matter”, then along San Pablo Avenue and back to the site of the vigil.
— Not Frantz Fanon (@violentfanon) February 4, 2015
No injuries or arrested were reported during these protests. The shooting will be jointly investigated by the Oakland Police Department, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Emeryville Police Department. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821.
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