Protesters Outside Oakland Police Headquarters Demand Justice For George Floyd

Carrie Hodousek
May 28, 2020 - 5:46 pm

Related: Trump Tries New Response After George Floyd's Death

Protests outside of Oakland Police headquarters over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
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Community leaders, activists and concerned residents gathered in downtown Oakland on Thursday night to protest the in-custody death of George Floyd, part of growing nationwide outrage related to the incident.

Traffic came to a standstill outside of Oakland Police Department headquarters at 6th St. and Broadway. Protesters sat in a circle, holding their fists high in the air, holding signs and demanding justice for Floyd, who died Monday while in custody of Minneapolis Police. 

The 46-year-old Floyd died as officers arrested him outside a convenience store after a report of a counterfeit bill being passed.

"We said out names of people whose lives we fear, whose lives are in danger just for being black or brown, and whose lives have been lost for being black or brown," protester Aiyasha Freedman said.

Protests outside of Oakland Police headquarters over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
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The group of demonstrators later marched down Broadway to Oakland City Hall. Roads have since been reopened.

"I hope people are motivated to some out in the streets and fight for what's right," Freedman said.

The San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Police Officers' Associations released a joint statement on the death Thursday: "What we saw on that video was inconsistent and contrary to everything we've been taught, not just as an academy recruit or a police officer, but as human beings."

Oakland Interim Police Chief Susan Manheimer also released a video statement regarding the death just before the protest. See her comments below.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis said Thursday they were conducting "a robust criminal investigation" into the death and making the case a priority. The announcement came a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that he had asked an investigation to be expedited.

The FBI is also investigating whether Floyd’s civil rights were violated.

The officer who kneeled on Floyd and three others were fired Tuesday. The next day, the mayor called for him to be criminally charged. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard on Thursday as looting broke out in St. Paul and a wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence after rioting over the incident.

There are similar protests around the country Thursday night, including in Santa Monica.