35 arrested in protest over fatal police shooting

July 20, 2011 - 1:30 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say they have arrested about 35 protesters who marched through city streets to condemn the fatal weekend police shooting of a parolee.

Officer Albie Esparza tells KTVU-TV that police declared the gathering of about 150 protesters an unlawful assembly around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. He said those arrested would be cited for failure to disperse

The group began marching through the Mission and Castro districts around 6 p.m., blocking traffic. Television footage showed a protester dropping a smoke bomb in a light-rail train station. Police say a protester threw a hammer at a police station window but did not cause damage.

The protest came the same day investigators said tests found gun residue on 19-year-old Kenneth Harding's hand, indicating he fired the first shot at officers Saturday.