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Red Flag Warning for parts of the East Bay starting 11PM Tuesday 8/17 night and lasting until Wednesday 8/18 at 3PM.

Dear Oakland Community

Date Posted: August 31st, 2020 @ 4:41 PM
Last Updated: September 2nd, 2020 @ 10:56 AM
Oakland Police Press Release

Dear Oakland Community,

The City of Oakland experienced large crowds during a three-day period, August 26, 28, and 29. The crowds were violent, destructive, and displayed hostility towards our community members and police officers. Several of our vulnerable businesses and civic facilities were targeted and damaged.

Over the three-day period, 24 people were arrested, most are non-Oakland residents.

On Wednesday, August 26, at 8:00 PM, a crowd gathered in the 1400 block of Broadway for an event that was promoted by #Yayarearevolution. Within the hour the crowd size grew to an estimated 600 people. The speakers could be heard inciting the crowd with chants of “Kill the Cops” and “Burn the City down.” The crowd later marched throughout Oakland’s downtown and residential areas. The intentions of the crowd were not peaceful but deliberate; through their words and actions, they demonstrated their focused and targeted intentions to destroy and damage our already vulnerable business community.

Many in the crowd threatened open businesses as they marched, saying if they did not immediately close, they would be “Burned to the ground.” For about four hours the crowd moved from downtown along Grand Avenue to the Grand Lake neighborhood. The crowd set fire to the Alameda County Superior Courthouse, structures, vehicles, and trash cans. The crowd also vandalized businesses and caused more than $100,000 in damages to the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. The actions of the crowd continued to traumatize our community; many residents attempted to deter the crowd in their neighborhoods but were met with threats of violence and destruction. Officers in the area encouraged our community members to shelter in place while attempting to curb the violence and protect the safety of our community as well as our officers.

Windows were broken at 21 businesses, many of which have been damaged before and a 100% affordable residential housing complex on Grand Avenue had damage. The Oakland Fire Department reported 25-30 fires including 2 vehicles totaled by fire, several structures, numerous trash cans, and debris.

The Oakland Police Department made 2 arrests and one vehicle was towed.

  • 1 San Francisco resident
  • 1 Unknown residency
  • 1 Towed Vehicle

On Friday, August 28, at 7:00 PM, a crowd gathered in the 1400 block of Broadway for an event that was promoted by #Yayarearevolution. Within the hour the crowd size grew to an estimated 250 people who marched throughout Oakland’s downtown and residential areas.

The intentions of the crowd were not peaceful but deliberate; through their words and actions, they demonstrated their focused and targeted intentions included assaulting officers with rocks and bottles, pointing lasers at officers, and a news crew. OPD deployed minimal gas and smoke. No reports of any damage.

The Oakland Police Department made 16 arrests.

  • 9 Oakland residents
  • 3 Berkeley residents
  • 2 San Francisco residents
  • 1 Clovis resident
  • 1 Unknown residency

On Saturday, August 29, at 8:30 PM, a crowd gathered in the 550 El Embarcadero for an event that was promoted by #Yayarearevolution. The crowd size grew to an estimated 150 people who marched in the Grand Lake commercial and Mandana neighborhoods. The intentions of the crowd were not peaceful but deliberate; through their words and actions, they demonstrated their focused and targeted intentions included repeatedly assaulting officers with rocks, bottles, wood shields, and pointing lasers at officers. OPD deployed minimal gas and smoke. The only report of damage was graffiti on a commercial building.

The Oakland Police Department made 6 arrests and confiscated multiple wooden shields.

  • 2 Oakland residents
  • 2 Berkeley residents
  • 1 San Francisco resident
  • 1 Los Angeles resident

The City of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department stand with our community against social injustice and racial inequality. We strive for justice, equality, and accountability.

Due to the violence and a lack of Mutual Aid based on the court injunction, OPD canceled all days off for Friday and Saturday to ensure staffing to protect our vulnerable infrastructure and community safety at a considerable expense to the city.

OPD will continue to facilitate safe spaces and places for peaceful protests, we ask those organizing gatherings in Oakland to remain peaceful.

#OPDCARES initiative is about working together as a community to help stop the tragic loss of life and reduce the level of violence in our city. Collectively, we want to ensure Oaklanders and our visitors are safe in our community.

Media Contact

Manager Paul Chambers

Officer Johnna Watson

Officer Felicia Aisthorpe

Media Relations Office

510-238-7230

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