Bay Area Protests Continue; More Cities Enact Curfew, Grapple With Aftermath

    KCBS Radio Afternoon News
    June 02, 2020 - 4:04 pm
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    Protests and civil unrest continue throughout the Bay Area and the country in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis Police on Memorial Day. KCBS Radio is contuing its coverage in our live blogs with up-to-date information.

    Updated June 2, 2020 at 10:45 p.m.

    Vallejo

    Protesters have been marching all day in Vallejo, and about 8:00 p.m., CHP was dispatched to Vallejo Police Department Headquarters on Amador Street, where protesters were heading. We also got reports of a CHP helicopter circling the area at that time. Just before 9:00 p.m., Vallejo police started making dispersal announcements, saying that they'll be making arrests soon for people being out past curfew. At about 9:07 p.m., officers began deploying tear gas at protesters. Five National Guard vehicles arrived today.

    The City of Vallejo has confirmed through their Twitter and Instagram that a group of approximately 100 individuals "armed with batteries" and nearly 40 vehicles surrounded the Vallejo Police Department. There are reports of burglaries in progress at 3300 block of Sonoma.

    KCBS Radio's Carolyn Burns reported that people are staked out in front of their businesses on Sonoma Boulevard to ward off looters.

    This follows a day of recuperating after a series of destructive looting and unrest on Monday night.

    Police chief Shawny Williams said in a press conference that the last several days have been horrific, and officers were dealing with “hours of chaos" throughout the night. The department received 400 calls for service on June 1 alone, with reports of looting, armed carjacking, burglary, arson, assault on officers and shots fired in the direction of bystanders.

    Vallejo has also closed its City Hall until Thursday after a fire was set in a first-floor office, SF Gate reported.

    The department said that those looting in the city were organized criminals who drove over from Fairfield after breaking into stores there, and was unrelated to any peaceful protests.

    It also acknowledged reports of an officer involved shooting, but any information about the incident will be disclosed until a press conference on Wednesday.

    Vallejo has enacted a 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew indefinitely.

    Sacramento

    Half an hour after the 8:00 p.m. curfew, protesters are still outside of the capitol in Sacramento and at Cesar Chavez Park. Police officers are present. Most people finally dispersed about 9:25 p.m.

    Santa Rosa

    Protesters faced off with police officers around 8:00 p.m. in front of Santa Rosa's City Hall. KCBS Radio producer and writer Mike DeWald got to the scene about 9:00 p.m. and said that the energy of the night's crowds seems to be more amped up compared to previous nights. 

    Contra Costa County

    Just before 7:00 p.m., KPIX's Joe Vasquez was in Clayton, where protesters and police officers are kicking smoke grenades back and forth:

    Vandalism and looting were reported at Hilltop Mall in Richmond on Monday night around 9:00 p.m. on Monday night. A police officer suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car when officers were called to the scene. While there were reports of a shooting, the department has said they were false claims and no officers were shot.

    The Walnut Creek Police department has reported about 40 protesters peacefully marching downtown.

    Contra Costa County has implemented a curfew starting Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. every night until further notice.

    Oakland

    At about 8:10 p.m., protesters have made their way to 8th Street and Broadway, the site of Monday's past curfew demonstrations. Police officers are donned in gas masks.

    A few hundred protesters are gathered in Oakland, changing, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “George Floyd!” around 6:30 p.m. They also peacefully gathered in front of Oakland City Hall before curfew, with many seen heading away from the area by 7:50 p.m., ten minutes before curfew.

    San Francisco

    Some protesters gathered around City Hall, even after curfew, but the scene remained peaceful. Around 10:30 p.m., people staging a sit-in at 850 Bryant Hall of Justice were arrested for violating curfew orders.

    Hundreds marched along the Great Highway to protest the police killing of George Floyd.  Organizaers emphasized that the day's demonstrations were to remain peaceful.

    Peaceful March and protest in George Floyd death at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, June 2, 2020
    Kathy Novak/ KCBS Radio

    Solano County

    In Fairfield on Monday night, the Solano Mall was a target for looting, where a fork lift was driven into the Best Buy storefront. Other stories at the shopping center were also looted. 

    There were also reports that vehicles at the Fairfield Acura Dealership on Auto Mall Parkway were being broken into, with more looting reported at the Walmart.

    Solano County has implemented one requiring residents to stay indoors as a local emergency from 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m.  The curfew will remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. on June 4, or until the order is either rescinded or extended.

    San Mateo County & Silicon Valley

    The Silicon Valley branch of the NAACP gathered for a peaceful demonstration and kneel-in on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m, where an uninvited man (not pictured) took to the front of the crowd, yelling that whites are the most oppressed in the U.S., eliciting boos from the crowd. He was ushered away peacefully.

    The County of San Mateo announces curfew, effective June 2 from 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on June 3, to prevent looting and unrest. Visit smcgov.org for city specific times, as some areas are stricter than county limits.
    Keith Menconi/ KCBS Radio

    The County of San Mateo announced curfew, effective June 2 from 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on June 3, to prevent looting and unrest. Visit smcgov.org for city specific times, as some areas are stricter than county limits.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.