Downtown Oakland Begins Long Cleanup Process

Jeffrey Schaub
May 30, 2020 - 2:34 pm

Related: PHOTOS: Bay Area Protesters March Over George Floyd's Death

Businesses in downtown Oakland have begun the process of repairs and cleanup at several buildings Saturday after rioting that left widespread damage in its wake.

All along historic Broadway and near City Hall, sounds of construction, hammers and hoses can be heard as city workers and outside contractors were on the job following Friday night’s destructive protest in downtown Oakland.

At City Hall, windows in the historic entryway were smashed.

"I mean, I understand the protests, but the destruction, that doesn’t need to be a part of it," one worker told KCBS Radio as he power washed graffiti off the building. “It doesn’t go hand in hand. It doesn’t solve any matters and it’s not accomplishing anything."

A worker washes graffiti off Oakland City Hall following protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
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Every window outside the Walgreens on 14th St. and Broadway and the Chase bank branch across the way were broken.

Workers were boarding up broken glass windows outside a store where a message was posted saying "This is a black-owned business" scrawled on a paper towel.

A plea for peace at a business in downtown Oakland.
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"It’s heartbreaking to see this," a woman who lives in the neighborhood said. "It’s just sad to see so many businesses impacted, local businesses. Economy is already down because of coronavirus."

Jim has a different view.

"I feel like the protests are something that need to happen and it’s one of those things that (the) police force, they need to be proactive about they treat people."

Offensive language spray painted on the side of a looted Walgreens in Oakland.
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Oakland Police made 18 arrests and detained 60 suspected looters. Outside agencies arrested four people. Six Oakland Police officers were injured and seven officers from outside agencies were hurt during the demonstrations.

A federal contract security officer was killed after two were shot Friday night outside of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in downtown Oakland. The team was protecting the federal complex during the protest, which was taking place several blocks away.

It's not clear if the events are related at this time.

The protests stem from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody earlier this week, part of demonstrations taking part around the country over how the case has been handled.