20 people arrested at Downtown Berkeley rally Sunday

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Berkeley Police Department arrested 20 people at a rally in Downtown Berkeley on Sunday, according to a Nixle alert.

Most of the arrests were for possession of banned weapons in parks, on streets and on sidewalks. The alert also stated that dozens of weapons were confiscated.

According to the alert, significant damage was done to city property during the rally. An “extremist element” among the crowd smashed 21 city vehicles and slashed their tires, in addition to setting one vehicle on fire. Additionally, three minor dumpster fires were extinguished.

Although extremists allegedly threw explosives at BPD and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office mutual aid officers, no significant injuries were reported. The alert stated that three people were treated by Berkeley Fire Department for minor injuries.

BPD will continue to investigate any crimes related to the rally.

Revati Thatte is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @revati_thatte.