Goldie Simmons

Late Monday evening, a group of Oakland police officers busted into the city's newest library, kicked everybody out and put bars on the doors.

The Victor Martinez People's Library, named for the Chicano author who died in San Francisco last year, had only been open since 7 a.m. But over the course of that day, the formerly vacant building near the intersection of Miller Avenue and International Boulevard transformed from an empty, blighted space into a functional library.

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