Protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a local courthouse, smashed the windows of a police station and attacked police officers.
“Instigators in a crowd of demonstrators set fire to the Alameda County courthouse. Please stay away from this area,” Oakland police wrote on Twitter.
According to law enforcement, demonstrators threw “dangerous projectiles” at officers, as well as smashed windows of the police station and painted graffiti on the walls of the building. Some protesters are trying to demolish barricades set up by the police.
Antifa has set a fire in the Alameda County courthouse in Oakland, CA. pic.twitter.com/MNWrpHgJ2u
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 26, 2020
According to local TV channel KRON, about 600 people are participating in the protests. No arrests have been reported at this time.
A wave of protests and riots swept through US cities after the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis at the hands of police. Videos surfaced on the Internet, showing police officers handcuffing Floyd, knocking him down, and three of them, with one of them putting a knee on the African-American’s neck. Floyd, in the video, says several times that he can’t breathe, then goes quiet. One police officer was charged with murder and three others with accessory to murder.