SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – More crowds of protesters gathered in Sacramento on Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis earlier this week.
Protesters descended onto the state Capitol grounds Saturday morning before making their way down K Street to the Golden 1 Center.
From there, the crowd of several hundred people moved onto Interstate 5 and shut down the roadway Saturday afternoon.
What started out as a peaceful protest soon turned in a different direction.
The glass doors at the front of the Sacramento County Jail were also smashed sometime just before 4:30 p.m. Windows of abandoned buildings were shattered, fires were set, businesses like Macy’s, 7-Eleven, Sharif Jewelers and Kicx Unlimited were looted and buildings were covered in graffiti that read George Floyd’s name and “Black Lives Matter.”
The Sacramento Police Department announced just after 10:45 p.m. that police units and outside agencies were being deployed to the areas where the looting and vandalism were occurring.
There have been reports of looting and vandalism in the downtown area.
SPD and outside agencies are being deployed.
Avoid the area and follow this twitter feed for important updates. pic.twitter.com/ThU9g0STwq
— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) May 31, 2020
Later in the evening, flashbangs were released in front of the jail as police ordered the crowds to disperse.
Authorities said nine officers were injured and two people arrested in Friday’s protests in Oak Park.
Sacramento police said seven officers received minor injures after large items – like bricks and rocks – were thrown at them. Two California Highway Patrol officers also suffered minor injuries during the protest, the agency said.
In a statement on the protests going on around the country, Gov. Gavin Newsom said:
“Over the last few days, we have seen millions of people lift their voices in anger, rightfully outraged at how systemic racism is allowed to persist. Every single day, people of color are disadvantaged and discriminated against. Black and Latino men in particular face mortal danger all across this country simply because of their race. Every person who has raised their voice should be heard.
“I want to thank all those who helped protect human life last night and today – from community members who exercised their right to protest peacefully and encouraged others to do the same, to the law enforcement officers who faced what were, at times, challenging conditions.
“In California and across the country, there are indications that violent actors may be attempting to use these protests for their own agendas. We are closely monitoring organizing by violent extremist organizations ahead of tonight. To those who seek to exploit Californians’ pain to sow chaos and destruction, you are not welcome. Our state and nation must build from this moment united and more resolved than ever to address racism and its root causes.”
Floyd’s arresting officer Derek Chauvin was recently arrested and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.