As Alameda County residents have been ordered to remain inside their homes between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day until June 5, neighboring Contra Costa County has issued the order indefinitely.
Exceptions include emergency first responders, media, people experiencing homelessness, those seeking medical care, and people traveling to or from work.
"Thousands of individuals came together Friday to what began as a peaceful, meaningful and solemn protest in Oakland. They established a space in which to express shared outrage and grief over the brutal killing of Mr. Floyd. Without question, the people who took to the streets to denounce police brutality and the horrific killing had the absolute right to publicly decry their outrage. Their voices and their messages are important and must be heard," said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.
"With great misfortune, the evening turned to one of violence and destruction. Individuals, some of whom are believed to be outsiders to Oakland, appeared hell bent on hijacking the moment," she added. "Sadly, the local and national dialogue shifted from the important issues of racism, police brutality and the unjust killing of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement. Rather, all eyes turned to the destruction wrought by out-of-control vandals."
On Tuesday, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Facebook page released recent protest arrest statistics, and reported that 122 people were booked into Santa Rita Jail on Monday, 82 of whom were not from Alameda County cities. Sheriff's officials added that several were also from outside the region and state.The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a proclamation of local emergency and has installed a countywide curfew for 8 p.m., doing so in response to the civil unrest that has swept throughout the country and region following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Starting on Tuesday, Contra Costa County is requiring residents and visitors to stay indoors from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day, until further notice.
“These are challenging times. The sorrow and pain that have filled our hearts here in our Bay Area home cannot be denied. The need and right to protest and be heard are ones that we all support,” said Supervisor Candace Andersen, chair of the county Board of Supervisors. “Today’s emergency proclamation and curfew order will help the county respond to looting, vandalism and any violence that should not be part of peaceful protests. That we do not support, as they only hurt our communities. We want peaceful protests, and we want all members of the public to be safe.”
Contra Costa County's proclamation recognizes that the majority of protesters have acted peacefully and lawfully; however, some throughout the country -- including in local communities such as Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose -- have resulted in riots and looting.
“Mr. Floyd tragically died just over a week ago. We recognize the importance of peaceful protests,” said County Administrator David J. Twa, who serves as the Administrator of Emergency Services. “We also want to emphasize the need for residents to stay home in the evenings and at night to stay safe. Our job is to protect lives -- all lives. We want all people to stay safe during these difficult times.”
Locally, a peaceful protest was held in Dublin on Monday, where hundreds of residents gathered to protest police brutality around the country, as well as the death of Floyd, who was suffocated by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while in police custody.
At least two more Tri-Valley protests are planned, with one scheduled to be held in San Ramon at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. That protest will begin at the Gale Ranch Plaza, 11000 Bollinger Canyon Road, and take protesters on a march to City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In Pleasanton, residents are also preparing for a protest, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday in front of the Amador Valley High School Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road.
In a special address to local residents, San Ramon Police Chief Craig Stevens said, "This has been a difficult week for all of us. We have been both dismayed and disheartened. We were all dismayed when the video surfaced showing the death and the manner (in) which George Floyd was killed. We've been disheartened by the level of civil unrest that we have seen play out locally and across our entire country. But we understand people's raw emotions; we understand people's concerns and frustrations."
"What we witnessed with George Floyd, there is no place for it in our profession. It has certainly cast a dark cloud over our entire profession. That is going to take a lot of work and effort on the part of law enforcement throughout the world to try to overcome and get past this," he added.