Batts told reporters at a 10:30 p.m. news briefing that about 50 people were arrested, though he expected that number to double before the night was over. Oakland police officials later confirmed the total number stood at 78 arrests — with about 75 percent of those taken into custody coming from outside Oakland.
As the night wore on, unrest spread, with rioters lighting fire to dumpsters, setting off fireworks, throwing bottles at police gathered at 17th and Broadway and looting a Whole Foods Market at Harrison and Bay.
Many of the rioters wore masks, hoods and black clothing, and officials suggested they were organized groups out to cause trouble.
They looted a Whole Foods?