Police stand off with protesters on MLK Jr. Way in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Dan Lurie

The images in this gallery were taken on Monday Dec. 8 on the third day protests against police-related deaths around the country erupted in Berkeley. While the demonstration was largely peaceful (unlike on Sunday night), it did culminate in the dramatic take-over by some of the protesters of the I-80 freeway. Hundreds of drivers were left stranded for more than an hour and CHP ended up arresting 150 people.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the talented photographers who generously share their work with Berkeleyside. The work of Kelly Owen, Gael McKeon, Nathan Phillips, Dan Lurie, Kim Aronson, William Newton and Ted Friedman is featured here, but there are many more — including Pete Rosos, Nancy Rubin, Ira Serkes and Daniel Parks — who offer us their images throughout the year, and for that we are supremely grateful. Please look up their work if you are looking to hire someone for a photography assignment.

And our thanks too go out to the many people who have sent us tips, photos and videos from the heart of the protests these past few days. Again we are deeply grateful. Citizen reporting of this nature makes Berkeleyside a better community resource.

Protesters gathered at MlK Jr. Way and Center Street in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Dan Lurie
Police clash with protesters in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Kelly Owen
ATM machines smashed during protests in Berkeley. Photo, taken on Dec. 8, 2014, by William Newton
Protesters in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Kelly Owen
Hands in the air during Dec 8. protests that started in Berkeley. Photo: Nathan Phillips
Protesters in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Kelly Owen
Photo, taken on Dec. 8, 2014, by Kim Aronson
Protesters in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Kelly Owen
Protesters and police on freeway during Dec. 8, 2014 protests. Photo: Gael McKeon
Protester and police in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Kelly Owen
Protesters take over I-80 freeway on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Nathan Phillips
Boarded-up building in downtown Berkeley. Photo: William Newton
Protesters and police on freeway pedestrian overpass in Berkeley. Photo: Nathan Phillips
A participant in the Dec. 8 protests that started in Berkeley. Photo: Kim Aronson
A participant in the Dec. 8 protests that started in Berkeley. Photo: Kim Aronson
The driver of a car shows support during Dec. 8, 2014 protests. Photo: Gael McKeon
Marching through Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Gael McKeon
Protesters stop train on Amtrak tracks during Dec. 8, 2014 protests that started in Berkeley. Photo: Gael McKeon
Protesters on the Amtrak train tracks on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Ted Friedman
Police during the Berkeley and Emeryville protests on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Dan Lurie

Related:
Third night of protests: 150 arrests after freeway closed down
Berkeley Pastor Michael McBride: on post-Ferguson protests, unrest
Photo Gallery: Two days of protests, riots in Berkeley
Sunday’s protests: Live coverage, photos, videos
Saturday’s protests: Live coverage, photos, videos

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...