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Jul 26, 2013 10:34 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Oakland considers banning protest 'violence tools'

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - 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.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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