A clash between Oakland, Ca., police and antiwar protesters nearly three years ago will cost the city more than $2 million, including payouts to people injured when officers fired wooden dowels, bean bags, and rubber pellets, the New York Times reports. The City Council is scheduled tomorrow to approve the final payments in the incident, which was the most violent of many protests nationwide early in the Iraq war. At least 58 people were injured, including nine longshoremen caught in the crossfire on their way to work.
The Oakland Police Department said officers had fired “less than lethal” rounds to disperse several hundred demonstrators, some of whom the police said had thrown rocks at them. In settling the lawsuit, the city did not admit fault. Even so, the department agreed to change its crowd-control policy to prohibit the “indiscriminate use” of rubber and wooden bullets and similar ammunition and to require a fair warning to protesters to disperse.