Oakland, CA – For the sixth day in a row, Oakland saw demonstrations of large groups throughout the City. Yesterday’s demonstrations were once again overwhelmingly peaceful and exemplary of Oakland’s long history of the community exercising their First Amendment right and making their voices heard on matters that effect the community.
“Tonight was another example of what it means to assertively, yet peacefully come together in political and social expression,” said Interim Police Chief Susan Manheimer. “Oakland has a long history of organized, civil protest without violence and chaos. We are pleased that last night was another example.”
A large group met in front of City Hall in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza where numerous speakers engaged attendees. The program ended at about 10 pm with smaller groups remaining in and around the Plaza. At one point a dance party broke out with many people joining amidst the speeches.
The evening demonstration, which was scheduled to begin at 8:05 pm, saw a crowd of approximately eight thousand in the downtown area. Many people gathered hours past the curfew, but Oakland Police did not issue any citations for breaking the curfew. Interim Chief Manheimer continued, “As we said, the curfew is a flexible option and last night we did not have to enforce it as the demonstrators, although out past the 8 pm, were orderly and cooperative. We purposely stood back and allowed for the demonstrations to continue without interruption.”
Oakland Police also noted that leaders of the organized groups were cooperative and communicative throughout the evening. They welcome and look forward to continued open dialogue with all organized leaders
As of 1 am, Thursday morning, there was one arrest, no citations, and no reports of violence, looting or physical damage.
Post based on press release from City of Oakland to Zennie62Media.
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