Oakland police confirmed late Saturday evening that part of the group of protesters who marched through downtown Oakland hours before broke into two groups, with some vandalizing the police station and others setting a small fire at an Alameda County courthouse.
Oakland police, on their Twitter page, tweeted that “agitators” set a fire at the Alameda County Superior Court.
An Oakland Fire Department spokesperson confirmed late Saturday evening that there was a one-alarm fire at the courthouse, but that the small fire was quickly extinguished. There were no further details provided.
Hundreds of protesters participated in what started as, and was intended to be, a peaceful march through the streets of downtown Oakland Saturday evening to show support for the ongoing protests continuing in Portland since George Floyd’s death nearly two months ago.
The event began at 7:30 p.m. at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, according to organizers which included the Wall of Moms Bay Area, Refuse Fascism Bay Area and Vigil for Democracy.
The Wall of Moms group encouraged participants to wear yellow and bring sunflowers. All participants were told to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Live video showing hundreds of marchers was posted on the moms group Facebook page.