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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protest grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men.

Protesters blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood on and sat on train tracks, forcing an Amtrak train to stop Monday night.

A large group of people began peacefully marching earlier Monday through downtown Berkeley. The first stop for demonstrators shouting, "Who do you protect? Peaceful protest" was the Berkeley Police Department. A line of officers in riot gear blocked them from getting close to the building. The group then headed to a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station and sat outside, prompting authorities to briefly shut down the station.

But as the night went on, the protesters divided into smaller groups that disrupted traffic and train passengers.

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Protesters line up on the University Avenue overpass as California Highway Patrol Officers block Highway 80 during a protest in response to police killings in Missouri and New York in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Protesters block an Amtrak train in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking an interstate highway and stopping a train as activists rallied against grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protesters block an Amtrak train in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking an interstate highway and stopping a train as activists rallied against grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protesters lock arms as they block traffic on Highway 80 in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. in response to police killings in Missouri and New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A protesters raises his arms as California Highway Patrol Officers stand in front of him as protesters block traffic on Highway 80 in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. in response to police killings in Missouri and New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Protesters block an Amtrak passenger train in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Berkeley Monday in reaction to the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protesters rallying against police violence block Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Berkeley Monday in reaction to the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protesters block traffic on Highway 80 during a protest in response to police killings in Missouri and New York in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Berkeley Monday in reaction to the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Protesters and police officers face off on a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 80 shortly after protesters shut down traffic in both directions in response to police killings in Missouri and New York in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Hundreds of people marched through downtown Berkeley Monday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Proteters block interstate 80 during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. protesters have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: A police helicopter shines a light on protestors as they march over an overpass during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protesters have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: A California Highway Patrol officer confronts protesters who were blocking interstate 80 during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. protesters have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Protesters flash the peace sign in front of a line of California Highway Patrol officers during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protesters have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: A protester stands in front of a line of California Highway Patrol officers during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protesters have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Protesters flash the peace sign in front of a line of California Highway Patrol officers during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protesters have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: A protestor stands in front of a line of Berkeley police officers during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Berkeley police officers in riot gear line up in front of protetors during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Protestors stand with their hands up during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Berkeley police officers in riot gear line up in front of protetors during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: A holds a mirror in front of a line of Berkeley police officers during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Protestors hold signs during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: A protestor holds a sign during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Protestors march through a UC Berkeley dormatory during a demonstration on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 7: A police officer clashes with a protester during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

A protester stands in front of a police line during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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A police officer prepares to confront a protester during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Demonstrators react as they were being push by by the police on Telegraph Ave during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A woman cries with her hands raised after she fell in a scuffle with the police on Telegraph Ave during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Protesters stand raise their hands in front of a police line during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A police officer clashes with a protester during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A woman is being tended to after she fell in a scuffle with the police on Telegraph Ave during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

An emptied smoke grenade canister is seen on the sidewalk during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A police officer with a broken visor stands in a line on Telegraph Ave during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A police officer is seen through a cloud of teargas and smoke during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A man attempts to pick up his bicycle amidst a cloud of teargas during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A photographer takes a photograph of a police line on Telegraph Ave on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Demonstrators retreat after the police deploy gear gas during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A demonstrator throws backs a teargas canister toward the police line during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A protester gestures toward the police line during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A police officer deploys his gas mask during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Two police officers in riot gear walk through a cloud of tear gas during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A demonstrator raises a sign on his skateboard after being surrounded by the police on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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A police officer raises a shotgun toward the crowd during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Police officers clash with a protester on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A man is being detained on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A demonstrator vandalizes a police car during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Police officers clash with a protester on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A masked demonstrator uses his phone after being surrounded by the police on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A police officer stands next to a vandalized police van during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A demonstrator chants against a line of police officers on Telegraph and Bancroft ave on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Police officers form a line on Telegraph Ave on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A masked demonstrator raises a donut toward a police line on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Police officers form a line on Telegraph Ave during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Police officers board an armored vehicle on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Police officers in gas mask form a line in front of Bank of America on Telegraph Ave during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

Police officers form a line along University Ave on the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

A demonstrator reacts to teargas released by the police during the fourth night of demonstrations over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 6, 2014 in Berkeley, California. A Staten Island, New York grand jury declined on Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam, Getty Images

BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: A Vacaville, California police officer (L) stands with an automatic weapon and full riot gear as he monitors a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Berkeley police officers take a protestor into custody during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 8, 2014 in Berkeley, California. Protestors have taken to the streets of Berkeley for a third straight night after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined last Wednesday to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The California Highway Patrol said in a tweet that some in the crowd tore down fencing to enter the freeway.

Merchants in downtown Berkeley on Monday cleaned up broken glass and took stock of the previous night's looting after a protest turned that turned violent Sunday night.

Although many activists in other parts of the country have gone home, protests in Berkeley and Oakland are still active, reflecting the area's long history of protest dating to the 1960s.

The crowds that came out to protest in Berkeley numbered only a few hundred, but some are not college students or residents so much as full-time demonstrators who protest anything - war, prison conditions and economic inequality - and sometimes use demonstrations as a pretext for violence and vandalism, just as they did during the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said a tiny fraction of protesters are obscuring the wider message calling for reform of policing policies nationwide.

"The people in the Bay Area are sensitive to worldwide issues," Bates said. "Unfortunately, there is a small element that uses violence at times to make their point."

Bates called the violent elements of the demonstration "cowards and thugs who need to take off their masks."

It was not immediately known if protesters were arrested Monday night. Five people were arrested Sunday, police said.

Stuart Geiger, 27, a University of California, Berkeley, doctoral student, attended the protest and recorded video of peaceful demonstrators attempting to stop the looting of a Radio Shack.

"There was a pretty vocal sentiment there about keep this a peaceful protest and stay on message," Geiger said.

Another peaceful protester was struck by a hammer and slightly injured when he tried to stop looting.

In keeping with the city's protest history, Berkeley leaders have put limits on their police. Officers cannot have search dogs, stun guns or helicopters and are restricted in the type of gear they can wear, said Berkeley police union President Sgt. Chris Stines.

"All of us are out there wearing what we wear on patrol, and as a result, we are getting pretty banged up," he said, explaining that shin and chest guards and padded vests would help prevent injuries. At least three officers suffered minor injuries.

The protests started after a Nov. 24 decision by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A New York grand jury on Dec. 3 declined to prosecute a police officer captured on video applying a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner. That decision set off another series of demonstrations nationwide.

Oakland police have arrested about 200 people since the protests started.

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Associated Press writer Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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