People were in town refusing to heed Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s call to stay home after Friday night’s protest which turned violent and left a federal officer killed, many first responders injured and more than 70 damaged and looted storefronts.
“We are fighting a deadly pandemic. We are under shelter-in-place orders and we ask everyone to stay at home,” Schaaf said.
Instead, protesters moved into the city on Saturday night where the protest became illegal, the Oakland Police Department said. On Twitter, officials announced they were asking crowds to disperse on 14th Avenue and Broadway.
The protest has now become illegal in the 14th and Broadway area. We ask the crowd to disperse. pic.twitter.com/dTYxSl8mSB
– Oakland Police Department (@oaklandpoliceca) May 31, 2020
Early Sunday morning, Oakland Police confirmed there had been three arrests related to Saturday night’s protests and another six arrests by outside law enforcement for burglary and looting.
The three Oakland Police arrests were for burglary, possession of a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said.
No injuries to the police were reported Sunday morning.
Video shows looters at a 7-Eleven on Bay and 24th Street in Oakland and large crowds of protesters were seen near Grand and Valdez streets where law enforcement followed the march from the ground and the sky.
A large crowd of protesters passed through Uptown Oakland this evening. Close to Grand & Valdez. Very peaceful and calm. They were followed by the police on the ground and in the sky. pic.twitter.com/iRILadXnjQ
– Noah Chipley (@NoahChipley) May 31, 2020
SKY7 also captured looters in Emeryville stores on Saturday night. People were seen running out of Best Buy with TVs, electronics and other items in hand, and a truck in the parking lot was set on fire. The authorities intervened on the scene a few minutes later.
Looters also damaged windows and ran out of piles of H&M and Uniqlo Bay Street clothing. You could see clothes strewn across the street.
The looting in Emeryville was similar to that of Friday night when vandals smashed windows and looted downtown businesses.
Vandals set fire to a car in the Oakland Mercedes Benz showroom. The service manager says seven cars were badly damaged.
“People should protest without violence, without damage to Oakland businesses, we are already fighting the coronavirus, we don’t need it,” said Vince Vandell.
Windows were smashed at Walgreens, looters rushed to grab what they could.
The Chase Bank across the street has seen its windows smashed, along with dozens of storefronts.
The new Target store on Broadway was ransacked, suspected looters were still inside on Saturday morning, until police arrived.
“It’s sick, it’s sad,” Homer Stafford said.
Homer Stafford, an Oakland resident, was upset by the damage and the message sent by some protesters.
“Not all of these cops are racist, but come on, that’s enough,” Stafford said.
Nenna Joiner, owner of Feelmore Adult store in Oakland, said she stayed at her business until 4 a.m. to protect her store.
“Protest is where change happens, and we want to keep protesting consistently and continuously, but we absolutely want to make sure that we don’t damage the property of people who can’t afford it.” , Joiner said. “Not at the moment. We can’t afford it at the moment. COVID has hit everyone across this country, certainly in small businesses, especially in Oakland.”
We found three neighbors scratching graffiti on the front of a bar on Broadway. They believe the damage was not caused by the locals.
“Most of the time it’s not people who come from Oakland, it’s people who like to have a super serious time right now,” said an Oakland resident who did not give her last name.
At this point, the Oakland Police Department said they had no plans to impose a curfew this weekend.
Oakland Police say they increased staff on Saturday night and that if people come into town, respectfully protest.
“As we continue to provide a safe space for people to protest peacefully. We will not tolerate violence or destruction in our precious and vulnerable city. We had a shootout and there was looting. by gunfire. “
As we continue to provide a safe space for people to protest peacefully. We will not tolerate violence or destruction in our beloved and vulnerable city. We had a shootout and there was looting. We made several arrests for both crimes. No one was hit by the gunfire. pic.twitter.com/u4laxih5dS
– Oakland Police Department (@oaklandpoliceca) May 31, 2020
Authorities said on Saturday morning 60 suspected looters were arrested for further investigation, 18 people were arrested by Oakland Police and four others were arrested by other agencies during the protests.
Six Oakland police officers and seven other law enforcement personnel were injured, according to preliminary information.
Manheimer said there were 40 to 60 other looters that the Oakland Police Department hope to identify and cite through security footage.
VIDEO: A preview of Friday’s protest in Oakland
Alameda Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly spoke to ABC7 News on Friday night about the impact of what happened in Minneapolis on the whole country.
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“What happened in Minneapolis is heartbreaking,” he said.
He says that for law enforcement personnel who dedicate their lives to community service, it “hurts the heart” and it is difficult to regain the trust of the public that has taken so long to build.
“An incident anywhere in the country has this gigantic ripple effect and it doesn’t matter what patch you have on your arm, or what city you’re from, whether you’re wearing a badge, who you represent, in it. case, something horrible happened to a member of the community. “
The policeman who was seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck was arrested Friday and charged with murder in a case that has sparked protests across the United States and violence in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman said Derek Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. Freeman did not provide immediate details, but said a criminal complaint would be filed later on Friday and other charges were possible.
In the video, Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck while Floyd is on the ground. He gradually becomes still as Chauvin and three other officers ignore the cries of passers-by to bring him down. Freeman said the investigation is continuing on the other three officers, but authorities “have found it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator.”
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Freeman highlighted the “extraordinary speed” by indicting the case just four days after Floyd’s death, but also defended himself against questions about why it hadn’t happened sooner. He said his office needed time to gather evidence, including what he called the “horrific” video of a passerby. He said he would not press charges unless he had enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
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