I went to the first three nights of the protests in Berkeley, and it's much more peaceful than the local news has covered it. Yes, there have been broken store windows, fires in trash cans and vandalism on many walls. I can't say it's right but, there is no such thing as a 100% peaceful protest. What the media doesn't always show you is the other thousand people peacefully marching against racist cops and police brutality. I've been in the middle of it all, just trying to capture these moments, from a fairly unbiased view. A portion of these protestors are only there to antagonize the police. We have to realize cops are just normal people, as cliche as it sounds, but they can get angry, so they will use excessive force when trying to clear the protestors. Especially since these officers are so indirectly involved with these protests, all they're doing is their job: to serve and protect.
But at the same time, if they used less force it wouldn't be getting so out of hand. I've seen these protestors throw glass bottles into crowds of police, spray paint cop cars, flatten their tires, throw trash on patrol cars and even break their windows. It just doesn't make sense; when I'm at the protests I feel like we are in a war zone in our own country against our own people.