SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Protests erupted a sixth day in the Bay Area and across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
One former officer, who was seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter — but protesters say the charge isn’t harsh enough, and are demanding charges for the other officers involved.
At this time, cities nationwide and several in the Bay Area including San Francisco and Walnut Creek, have imposed curfews as the violence surges.
Follow KRON4’s live blog below for the latest updates in the Bay Area:
Police in Fairfield are advising resident to stay at home after reports of looting at the Solano Mall and Gateway Boulevard.
The Richmond Police Department tweeted out ‘officers are currently controlling the scene at Hilltop Mall after vandals and looters breached the property.
The department said that false information was spread by an unknown source about a shooting involving an officer being down.
‘We aim to report accurate information,’ the department wrote.
On Monday night after Alameda County’s curfew went into effect, the sheriff’s department said more than 100 people were arrested in the first hour.
The department tweeted: ‘It is time to go home.’
Walnut Creek Police began pushing protestors back away from City Hall.
Some scuffling with police led to tear gas deployment downtown on North Main Street.
Healthcare workers at the Kaiser in downtown Oakland clapping and chanting with protesters.
The police department in Walnut Creek reported a group of protesters walking on northbound 680.
All lanes were blocked by protesters.
By 6:45 p.m. the CHP said all lanes of I-680 were reopened.
In Walnut Creek, protests have begun marching again.
A peaceful demonstration by Black Lives Matter in Dublin is underway.
A peaceful protest is underway in Walnut Creek. The protesters marched down Civic Drive making their way to Civic Park.
Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference Monday to address the George Floyd protests happening across the nation.
“The black community is not responsible for what’s happening in this country right now, we are,” the governor said.
He said a piece of legislation or forming a task force isn’t going to change anything as much as changing culture, hearts and minds.
“I want you to know, you matter,” Newsom said addressing protesters.
“To those that want to exploit this moment, we hear you as well, but we don’t have the same sensitivities.. the looting the violence, the threats, against fellow human begins that has no place in this state and in this nation,” he said.
Newsom said his office is working with mayors on deploying the National Guard and providing other public safety resources. More than 4,500 National Guardsmen/women have been called up and available to use.
He also said he won’t implement a statewide curfew and will leave it up to local leaders to decide, noting different parts of California have different protest conditions.
Jamie Foxx gave an passionate speech at the rally outside San Francisco’s City Hall. Watch the full speech in the video below:
People gather at San Francisco’s City Hall to “take a knee” and participate in a peaceful rally in a call for justice in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The City of Hayward has announced it is enforcing a curfew starting 8 p.m. Monday. See a full list of latest Bay Area cities enforcing curfews here.
Actor and activist Jamie Foxx joins San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the city’s inter-faith leaders in a “kneel in” outside City Hall.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in a media briefing Monday morning that 87 people were arrested and 33 cited for violating San Francisco’s curfew last night.
You can watch the full update below:
Pleasant Hill police say incidents late Sunday consisted of “roving groups of people seeking opportunities to commit thefts (loot) in our town.”
There were no protests or demonstrations in Pleasant Hill.
According to officials, four different businesses were burglarized, and about 100 people alone were involved in the looting of the local Best Buy.
Police said multiple arrests were made.
There were no reported injuries.
Walnut Creek Mayor Loella Haskew is speaking out about recent violent incidents in the city, including looting of several businesses.
Watch her full interview with the KRON4 Morning News below:
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joins the KRON4 Morning News to talk about the city’s response to a surge in violence, looting, and other crime in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s killing.
She also said officials are aware of two more “peaceful demonstrations” planned in the city.
Watch her full interview below:
Union City police say a citywide curfew will be enforced starting tonight in response to the recent increase in crime.
The exact times have yet to be released and police say more details will be provided “a little later today.”
Union City joins the growing list of Bay Area cities that have already implemented indefinite curfews in response to the rise in violent crime.
In an update posted to their Facebook page, the Union City Police department said multiple businesses were looted overnight, especially those in the Union Landing.
“Several groups of criminals specifically targeted Union Landing and arrived in large vans and trucks with the clear intent to commit crimes,” police said.
One officer was hurt as well as a Public Works employee in two separate incidents Sunday.
Police activity has decreased Monday morning in Alameda County, according to the Alameda County Sheriff.
Authorities said “the rioting and looting events of last night have been mostly resolved.”
Oakland police say around 60 people were arrested overnight for various crimes including vandalism and looting.
“There were numerous incidents of looting and break-ins around the Fruitvale and International corridors and throughout the city,” Oakland police said in a statement.
“There were multiple incidents of sideshow activity,” police added.
One person was arrested in connection with the sideshows and one car was towed.
One police officer was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
In a statement, Walnut Creek police say “a number of arrests were made on Sunday, and more likely in the days ahead” as authorities continue to investigate several incidents of vandalism and looting in the community.
Police said they received more than 100 calls for service.
Businesses in Walnut Creek will be able to return to their stores after the 5 a.m. curfew to assess damages.
According to police, one person was injured after a shooting that happened near a store that was burglarized; that victim has been treated and released from the hospital.
A protest is scheduled in Walnut Creek for Monday afternoon.
Walnut Creek police tell KRON4’s Sara Stinson that the Broadway Plaza shopping center will be closed “for the foreseeable future” as the individual retailers assess the damage and the cleanup process begins following a night of vandalism and looting
KRON4’s Will Tran describes the scene in San Francisco Monday morning after another night of unrest in the wake of 80 arrests following demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.
Streets remain closed around the Broadway Plaza shopping center where looters hit several stores, including Lululemon and Macy’s.
San Francisco police continue to patrol Market Street as the curfew remains in effect.
Many businesses are boarded up to prevent any further looting or vandalism.
An extra police presence remains in downtown Santa Rosa and throughout the city after earlier protests in the area.
According to Santa Rosa police, the majority of people who participated in the protest have left but an extra police presence remains to crack down on any looting or vandalism.
Streets near Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton remain blocked by police after an earlier threat of looting.
According to police, there was no looting at the mall and no fires in the downtown area. Extra police will be on patrol in the area for the time being.
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