Police, looters still tangling in several Bay Area cities


Curfews notwithstanding, Bay Area police forces continue to deal with civil unrest situations, and the resulting vandalism and property damage, well into Sunday night.

In San Francisco Sunday night, approximately 80 arrests were made in the Market Street, the South-of-Market and Union Square areas for violations of the curfew order or for looting. Police seized a firearm and explosive as part of those arrests, Police were anticipating making more arrests throughout the night into Monday morning.

Also, San Francisco police said “multiple” suspects were arrested for staying past the 8:30 p.m. curfew time during a large protest at the Civic Center that, because of the curfew, eventually was deemed an “illegal assembly,” and several people were arrested. That crowd had mostly dispersed by 9 p.m., police said. During the daylight hours Sunday, San Francisco police said, demonstrations in that city were “overwhelmingly orderly and peaceful.”

Oakland police were dealing with several hotspots of illegal activity throughout Sunday night including at the Durant Marketplace in the 18900 block of International Boulevard, downtown (centered along Broadway), the south end of the Port of Oakland and the Embarcadero just off Interstate Highway 880 near the 16th Avenue overcrossing.

San Jose, which enacted a curfew that started at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, reported relatively few problems Sunday night, though a Target store sustained some damage. Dozens of stores in downtown Walnut Creek sustained broken front glass windows and looting of merchandise as looters late Sunday afternoon and into the night. The entire downtown area was under siege, and police were there in force. A curfew was declared Sunday night, in effect for the immediate future, city officials said.

One young woman downtown was shot in the arm, apparently by a suspected looter.

In nearby Pleasant Hill, several parts of the city – the downtown business district, the Crossroads shopping center (Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods) and the Best Buy all experienced some degree of vandalism and looting. A curfew in that city went into effect at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and lasting until 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Protesters/vandals were also reported at the Sunvalley Mall in Concord and in the downtown Concord business district. San Leandro police were still dealing with looters and others at the BayFair Center mall late Sunday night. Social media reports said that gunfire has been exchanged involving police and at least one suspect. That mall has been a focal point of looters and rioters Sunday night, and the nearby BART station has remained closed.

Looters and vandals had also hit the Marina Square shopping center in San Leandro, where police using tear gas canisters remained late Sunday night. The San Leandro Home Depot was also a target of vandals late Sunday night.

In the North Bay, a group of about 200 demonstrators was moving between Courthouse Square and U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa’s downtown area late Sunday night. Police were advising drivers to avoid the area, including driving through on 101 in case protesters try to block the freeway.


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