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Riots, looting descend on California's streets in second night of George Floyd protests

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Posted at 9:05 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 15:45:33-04

LA MESA
(KGTV) -- Demonstrations turn violent after hundreds of people took over La Mesa's streets Saturday to protest against an incident caught on video between an African American man and a white La Mesa Police officer.

The afternoon started with a mostly peaceful march that drew over a thousand protesters. The calm ended when the large group gathered outside of the La Mesa Police Department and began attacking a bear cat vehicle that was brought in to help disperse the crowd.

Officers used flash bangs and tear gas on the crowd temporarily emptying out the parking lot. As night began to set, the scene became chaotic as vandals set fires to numerous buildings and vehicles including a Chase bank on Spring Street and a fire truck.

Looters struck a Walmart, Target, Vons and several stores in the La Mesa Springs Shopping Center.

Read more: La Mesa protest turns violent with fires, looting


BEVERLY HILLS
(AP) -- The sign-carrying demonstrators reached Beverly Hills' famed three-block shopping street, Rodeo Drive, approximately 3:15-3:30 p.m. Saturday, chanting "Eat the rich." Signs carried by protesters included, "George Floyd did not deserve to be murdered," "Justice for George Floyd" and "Black lives matter."

READ MORE: Looters target famed Rodeo Drive stores in Beverly Hills


SAN FRANCISCO
(AP) -- In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed ordered a curfew that would start at 8 p.m. Sunday. Businesses in the city’s Union Square section were robbed and vandalized Saturday night, including Saks Fifth Avenue


LOS ANGELES
(AP) -- The National Guard is patrolling Los Angeles as the city begins cleaning up after a night of violence that saw demonstrators clash with officers, torch police vehicles and pillage stores.  A rare citywide curfew expired at 5:30 a.m.  


EMERYVILLE-OAKLAND
(KGTV) -- Looters broke into several stores at the Powell Street Plaza including a Ross, Best Buy, Chase bank, and a Starbucks. The unruly crowds also targeted a nearby Guitar Center walking out with guitars and other musical instruments, and an Urban Outfitters clothing store.

Aerial footage from the scene shows people shooting fireworks as looters streamed out of an Old Navy store.

"People came out in Oakland to express themselves, about their anger over the death of Floyd but that rage rocked the line and unacceptable line, with a deadly pandemic, we are under a shelter in place order, we ask everyone to stay home, your children and loved ones satay home, there are other ways to demonstrate,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Oakland police officials said they arrested three individuals for burglary, possession of a firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon.


SAN JOSE
(KGTV) -- After a night of violent protests that saw a woman allegedly running over two people and demonstrators taking over a major highway, Saturday night saw more clashes between protesters and police in downtown San Jose. Local media reports that police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as crowds confronted officers over several hours.


BAKERSFIELD
Saturday’s protest was peaceful for several hours, until about 8:45 p.m. When several people began trying to break into BPD headquarters and removed lettering from the front of the building. BPD declaring the gathering an unlawful assembly, and directing the group to disperse, at which point Bakersfield Police says a protester fired a roman candle firework at an officer. The officer was not injured. A portion of the crowd then moved just outside Mechanics Bank Arena.

Bakersfield Police Department officials say the protesters at Mechanics Bank were mostly peaceful, but one person did vandalize a donor wall. No arrests were made all night. BPD estimated 100-200 were protesting.

READ MORE: Second day of protests take place outside of BPD headquarters, property damaged