Following 4 straight days of protests and three nights of scattered looting, vandalism and violence, protesters on Monday as soon as once more gathered in cities across the Bay Space to demand an finish to unjustified police killings of black women and men.
The demonstrations had been sparked by the dying of Minneapolis man George Floyd — who died after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter, however that hasn’t quelled the fashion of people that proceed to come back collectively to protest police violence across the Bay Space and all through the nation.
Monday’s protests started after officers imposed curfews in a number of Bay Space jurisdictions, together with Alameda County, Oakland, Antioch, Orinda, San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Walnut Creek, Danville, Nice Hill, Lafayette, San Leandro, Hayward and Alameda, following lootings, property harm and shootings. Shops within the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro and the Union Touchdown buying middle in Union Metropolis had been looted Sunday, in addition to the Neiman Marcus in Milpitas’ Nice Mall. Shops in Oakland, Emeryville and San Francisco additionally had been hit over the weekend.
Oakland police arrested about 60 individuals Sunday, together with three for allegedly capturing on the Oakland police headquarters. Hayward police reported that officers shot a man who was allegedly looting a CVS retailer early Monday morning. In Walnut Creek, police continued to research the capturing of a girl that occurred late Sunday afternoon amid mass looting.
On Monday in San Francisco, about three dozens protestors took a knee in Civic Heart Plaza, immediately going through deputies who stood guard in entrance of Metropolis Corridor. A bunch of eight younger individuals kneeling in entrance of Metropolis Corridor requested deputies to “take a knee with us, or stand with George’s killers.”
The deputies didn’t reply and continued to face.
Hailey, a 22-year-old black man from Oakland who misplaced his job as a result of COVID-19, arrived at Metropolis Corridor round 1 p.m. to protest Floyd’s dying.
“When the American individuals don’t like one thing, now we have no drawback popping out and saying one thing,” he stated. “I imagine that protest is extraordinarily vital to the American individuals.”
It’s not sufficient that the officer who held his knee on Floyd’s neck was arrested — the others who had been there needs to be behind bars as effectively, Hailey stated.
“There have been 4 officers on the scene of this,” he stated. “I really feel like they need to all be held accountable. I perceive that they’re a brotherhood, but when they’re a brotherhood they should maintain one another accountable.”
In San Jose, a various group of roughly 200 protesters — most of whom had been younger — met at Metropolis Corridor and commenced marching down San Fernando Road chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “George Floyd.” Folks driving by honked and raised their fists in assist.
Peaceable George Floyd protest march of about 300 individuals in downtown San Jose, CA pic.twitter.com/ixoGx9G7tC
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They then returned to Metropolis Corridor for speeches.
“Sure we’re rioting, sure we’re looting, however when will you hear our voices?” Lachristian Taylor, a 34-year-old govt assistant from San Jose shouted to the cheering crowd of about 200 safety-masked protesters gathered on the recent plaza. “We’re grateful to proceed to battle. Please go vote in November — that’s how we’ll impact change.”
However Lachristian instructed this information group that she deliberate to depart the protest by eight p.m. as a result of “that’s when issues get ugly.”
In Walnut Creek — the place downtown storefronts had been boarded up after lots of went on a looting frenzy at Neiman Marcus and different high-end shops round Broadway Plaza — a rising crowd gathered close to to protest police violence in opposition to black Individuals.
Police stated they hope the demonstration shall be peaceable, however are planning, as on Sunday evening, to deploy “extra sources” to keep up order and the security of each demonstrators and of residents and staff at native companies.
A number of hundred have gathered in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park right this moment to protest police violence in opposition to black Individuals. Crowd erupts in cheers as a speaker within the center shouts “black lives matter!” pic.twitter.com/3HVtNupGeu
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In Dublin, a few thousand protesters gathered at Emerald Glen Park, the place a number of audio system addressed the gang earlier than setting off on a march by town.
“I do say thanks,” stated Star Shahuri. “We want you guys to see us. It isn’t completed right this moment — we want you each single day. Should you see one thing, say one thing.”
“I’m not asking anybody to be shade blind. See my black, love my black,” he continued, to cheers from the gang.
The protesters — together with Mayor David Haubert — marched to the intersection of Dougherty Highway and Dublin Boulevard, simply earlier than the Interstate 580 West onramp, the place they took a knee whereas police blocked entry to the freeway. The group held eight minutes of silence to represent the final minutes of Floyd’s life.
Chanting “take a knee” to Dublin police. Now eight minutes of silence to represent the final minutes of George Flloyds life pic.twitter.com/6vgx73NE58
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