Minor damage reported after Warriors celebrations, sideshows in Oakland
Golden State Warriors’ fans take part during the NBA championship rally at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center across from Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, June 19, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
OAKLAND — Celebrations after the Golden State Warriors’ championship win included sideshows in East Oakland and more than 1,000 fans gathered downtown, but the only damage reported was to car that happy fans jumped on, officials said.
A police motorcycle officer was injured while monitoring a sideshow, when he was hit by a drunk driver, at about 11:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of International Boulevard, police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said.
The officer was in stable condition on Monday morning, Watson said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
No other injuries were reported during celebrations throughout the city.
At least 1,000 people gathered in downtown Oakland after the game for a peaceful celebration. The damage to the car happened in the 1600 block of Telegraph Avenue.
Some trash cans were also set on fire but the exact locations were not released.
Several hundred took part in sideshow activity in East Oakland, where police issued at least 40 citations and towed at least 30 vehicles.
The sideshow activity stretched from High Street to the 8000 block of International Boulevard and some participants threw rocks and bottles at police, officials said.
What was described as celebratory gunfire could be heard and fireworks were also set off throughout the city, but there were no injuries reported, police said.
The sideshow activity finally dispersed early Tuesday after police boxed in about 100 vehicles and began issuing citations to drivers and towing some of the vehicles, Watson said.
There were less than a half-dozen arrests throughout the city and police are still determining whether they were related to the Warriors celebration.
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