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Sunday protest wrap | 25 people arrested after 3rd night of protests in Sacramento

The Sacramento police declared Sunday's protest in downtown Sacramento an unlawful assembly, and told protesters that the must leave or be arrested.

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Editor's note: This article will be continually updated throughout the day with the latest news about protests happening in Sacramento and surrounding areas.

Update 8 a.m.:

According to Officer Chan, public information officer with the Sacramento Police Department, 25 people were arrested from Sunday night's protests. Of those 25, 22 were charged with looting and three others were charged with failing to disperse.

Update 4:30 a.m.: Some business owners and employees of looted and vandalized businesses along J Street in Downtown Sacramento have arrived to assess the damage.

Some of the businesses that suffered vandalism in the area include Halal Food and Ice Cream, Pennisi’s Deli, and a Subway restaurant.

Credit: Carlos Herrera
Some business owners and employees of looted and vandalized businesses along J Street in Downtown Sacramento assess the damage.

Update 3:30 a.m.: Very small groups of protesters are still being seen around Downtown and Midtown Sacramento. Some reports of looting are still occurring at several businesses, including the 7- Eleven and PF Chang's on J street, according to ABC10 reporter Carlos Herrera.

Some Sacramento police officers are still patrolling the area near DOCO which was vandalized again on Sunday.

Another small group of protesters stood in front of fourth-generation family jewelry store Sharif Jewelers, which police said was looted and vandalized again overnight.

Many businesses in the K Street corridor were also looted Sunday night.

Credit: Carlos Herrera
Some business owners and employees of looted and vandalized businesses along J Street in Downtown Sacramento assess the damage.

12:55 a.m.: After a mostly tense night in downtown Sacramento, a majority of protesters who began demonstrating in the afternoon have left the area, police said on Twitter. 

Many of the people who are still out in the streets have taken to looting and vandalism, police said. Because of that, there is still a heavy police presence in the area.

10:50 p.m.: Update: After a large protest wrapped up in Stockton, police were drawn to a Walmart on Trinity Way for a break in.

Official said there was a report of a large group of looters breaking into the store. Arriving officers took four people into custody, one man and three minors.

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Stockton police respond to alleged looting at a Walmart.

10:40 p.m.: ABC10's Van Tieu reports that the police line at L and 10th in Sacramento is breaking down by half as officers get dispersed through the downtown area. Some chemical agents have been used and some plastic bullets have been fired to disperse the crowd.

10:20 p.m.: After a large protest wrapped up in Stockton, police were drawn to a Walmart on Trinity Way for a break in.

Police said four teens broke into the store. Two of them were arrested, but the other two got away. The kids were described juvenile age.

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Stockton police respond to break in at a Walmart.

9:40 p.m. The Sacramento police have declared the protest in downtown Sacramento an unlawful assembly, telling protesters that the must leave or be arrested.

9:30 p.m.: A Stockton protest has come to an end. ABC10's Kevin John reports that the protest was peaceful with no altercations or incidents.

9:15 p.m.: According to CalHR, all state departments with offices in downtown or city areas are closed for Monday. 

9:10 p.m.: ABC10's Van Tieu reports that protests have turned destructive in downtown Sacramento, with some local businesses getting their windows smashed on J Street. 

She says two men hopped out of Tony's Deli on J Street, taking an entire safe with them.

9:00 p.m.: People have dispersed after a mass protest in Modesto. Police said things have calmed down in the downtown area, and that officers will continue to keep peace through the night. 

Authorities said that, after the protest ended, peaceful protesters left the area but some stayed on scene with intent to challenge officers. Authorities said officers were struck with bottles, rocks, and cans, which led to multiple arrests.

8:50 p.m.: On Sunday, protesters gathered at the state Capitol and had a standoff with CHP officers in riot gear. 

The protesters marched over to the Capitol from Cesar Chavez Park. 

8:35 p.m.: In a Sunday press conference, Mayor Darrell Steinberg is urging people and businesses to be cautious after mass protests on Saturday saw multiple businesses damage and looted. 

The mayor says the timing couldn't have been worse for the business impacted on Saturday. Some were hit with multiple traumas in a short amount of time. However, he says the city is ready to intervene immediately with $10 million in federal funds they received and voted to dedicated to small businesses on Tuesday.

7:10 p.m.: Protesters in Sacramento stormed I-5 temporarily, shutting down both the north and south lanes. After shutting it down briefly, California Highway Patrol officers pushed protesters back, forcing them off of the freeway and back onto the streets. Councilman Steve Hanson

6:50 p.m. Update: Sacramento County Sheriff's Office reported the man shot in the face Saturday evening with a rubber bullet has been cited with assault on an officer.

Sacramento police told ABC10 that an 18-year-old man was wounded outside the Sacramento Jail with a head injury. Police would not confirm that the injury was from their weapons but said they are investigating and the injury was from a "less-lethal option."

A video posted on YouTube shows a man throwing something at the line of officers and then police firing. Seconds later the man is carried away by a demonstrator. It's unknown if this is the same person as referenced by the SPD. 

RELATED: Saturday Protests Wrap: Looting and damage to downtown businesses ends day of protest

6:30 p.m. Update: Sharif Jewelers released the following statement in regards to their store being vandalized and looted Saturday night:

"As a minority-owned business, we pride ourselves in our commitment to giving back to our community. Sharif Jewelers will continue to support peaceful protesting.

We are devastated at the destruction of our downtown store and the similar attacks on our neighbors, many of whom are minority-owned family businesses. We are thankful that no one was injured and we can always rebuild.

We have been a local family-owned jewelry business in the Sacramento area for over 30 years and fully believe that by giving back and supporting the community, we can grow together. We are incredibly thankful for all of the support and the outpouring of love from everyone. We will come out of this stronger and more united than ever."

5:00 p.m. Update: Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the protests from last night were different than they have seen. Steinberg added the city will not have a curfew.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn told ABC10 the protests last night were "a tale of two protests."

"A segment seemed very coordinated, very violent," Hahn explained. "It’s not a normal burglary where we can dispatch officers and detail it, we can’t just send three officers."

Steinberg assures Sunday night will be different. The city's police along with other mutual aid law enforcement is to be doing everything in their power to ensure safety despite a curfew.

4:35 p.m. Update: Stockton Police officers told ABC10 the 12 juveniles who entered Weberstown Mall did loot and vandalized stores inside before fleeing the center. Police said this incident occurred around 1:45 p.m.

Stockton Police are preparing for more protests at 6 p.m.

4:17 p.m. Update: Modesto Police have made multiple arrests during an overall peaceful protest.

Stockton Police reported 12 teens entered Weberstown Mall vandalized the property. Merchants are not sure whether any merchandise was taken. Stockton Police has increased its presence in downtown.

Stockton Police has not reported any arrests.

3:30 p.m. Update: Lincoln Center in Stockton decided to close for the remainder of the day for the merchants' and customers' safety.

3:15 p.m. Update: People in Stockton have started to become hostile following peaceful protests, according to police. Stockton Police are providing updates on their Twitter account with areas where police activity is substantial.

Meanwhile, protests are still peaceful in Modesto and Sacramento. All are gathered following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

2:45 p.m. Update: Protestors at Cesar Chavez Park create a makeshift altar for the black people who have died following the death of George Floyd.

2:34 p.m. Update: Yolo county's bus service, in addition to Sacramento Regional Transit, will not be providing services to downtown Sacramento today. Riders will be able to catch a Yolobus ride from the West Sacramento Transit Center near the intersection Merkley and West Capitol.

"Due to large crowds and heavy traffic congestion expected in downtown Sacramento this afternoon, Yolobus will be suspending bus service into or out of downtown Sacramento/central business district starting at 1:30 p.m. today until the end of the service day, which is approximately midnight," Jose Perez, deputy director of Yolobus, said.

2:15 p.m. Update: A crowd begins to gather in Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento to protest the death of George Floyd.

2 p.m. Update: The Modesto Police Department says one person has been arrested at a protest happening in downtown Modesto.

Original story

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg plans to attend a rally scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Shortly after, Steinberg and the Sacramento City Council will hold an emergency closed-door session at 3:30 p.m. to discuss safety measures for the city. 

The mayor spent some time Sunday morning meeting with people who were cleaning areas impacted by Saturday night's protest, which lead to damage at several area businesses.

In anticipation of today's protests, Sacramento Regional Transit is temporarily suspending service for all of its light rail and bus routes in and out of downtown from now until the end of service.

South of Sacramento in downtown Modesto, police report protests has been "overwhelmingly peaceful." Meanwhile, Weberstown and Sherwood Malls have closed due to rumors of potential looting on social media.



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