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Peaceful Protests Against Police Violence Continued Tuesday In Sacramento

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Demonstrators gather at Sacramento's Cesar Chavez Plaza Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Police arrested some demonstrators who stayed in violation of Sacramento's 8 p.m. curfew.

10:17 p.m.: Police make arrests after crowds depart

After arresting 50 people following Monday's protest, most for curfew violations, Sacramento Police were seen making arrests around the Capitol late Friday.

Police began sweeping Cesar Chavez Plaza shortly after at the end of Tuesday's protest, around 9:20 p.m. This was the second night of Sacramento's curfew order, which went into effect at 8 p.m. and runs until 5 a.m.

9:27 p.m.: Stevante Clark again leads demonstrators as crowds disperse

More than an hour after the Sacramento curfew, protests were beginning to wind down as Stevante Clark again led demonstrators in chants and worked to once again end the evening peacefully.

"If you all were out there peaceful protesting, I love you,” Clark told the crowd.

As Sacramento Police cars drove around the outside of the Cesar Chavez Plaza announcing the curfew, Clark led the crowd chanting the names of victims of police violence. Clark's brother Stephon Clark was killed by Sacramento Police in 2018.

On Monday Clark led a night of peaceful demonstrations, even getting kudos from Gov. Gavin Newsom when the pair jointly worked to clean up buildings downtown earlier in the day.

Crowds began leaving Cesar Chavez around 9:20 p.m., similar to Monday evening. Sacramento Police arrested 50 people, 48 on curfew violations, following yesterday's gathering.

8:08 p.m: Anti-racism protests continue at Capitol, Cesar Chavez Plaza

Demonstrators continued to fill downtown Sacramento Tuesday, gathering in front of the Capitol and at Cesar Chavez Plaza to protest racism and police violence.

5:56 p.m.: 'White coats for black lives' vigil starts Tuesday protests

A group of physicians and medical students gathered at the California state Capitol Tuesday, the latest in the protests against police violence sparked by the death of George Floyd.

“Our trade is healing," said Dr. Enass Arahman. "And when you see suffering and struggling, that hits us in a core area.”

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, some medical experts have supported recent gatherings, saying racism also poses a dire public health threat.

4:46 p.m.: Sacramento County declares local state of emergency

Sacramento County declared a local state of emergency Tuesday after theft and vandalism in Sacramento following protests against police violence.

County officials said the declaration is mostly administrative and grants it access to state resources such as the National Guard. The declaration is retroactive to May 30.

It comes a day after 500 National Guard troops were in downtown Sacramento Monday evening, the first night of the city's curfew. Demonstrators marched peacefully, with few reports of vandalism, though police made 48 arrests for curfew violations.

3:51 p.m.: Sacramento curfew remains in effect Tuesday

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is calling for a second consecutive night of curfew.

"We want to make sure that we have a little bit more stability here and assurance for the public that it is safe," Steinberg told Insight's Beth Ruyak Tuesday morning. "This will not be a long term curfew in any way."

The hours will be the same as last night's curfew, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The order is intended to prevent the type of vandalism and theft that marred peaceful protests against police brutality over-the-weekend. Authorities say last night's protest was peaceful. However, police did make about 50 arrests, most of them for curfew violations.

Here's a look at what's covered by the curfew order.

8:50 a.m.: Sacramento Police arrest at least 50 people Monday night

On the first night of Sacramento’s curfew in response to violence and vandalism following George Floyd protests, officers arrested at least 50 people Monday night.

The department is still waiting on a final number of arrests.

Here’s the breakdown so far:

  • 48 for curfew violations
  • One arrest for vandalism
  • One person had an active warrant

Due to the pandemic, officers say they can't book people at the downtown jail. A department spokesperson says they were cited and released "at a facility outside of downtown."
8:35 a.m.: San Diego Police Department stops using chokeholds

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit and local elected officials announced Monday that the department would stop using carotid restraints as a use-of-force procedure.

This type of so-called chokehold is also known as a "sleeper hold.” This is when an officer applies pressure to veins on the side of a detainee's neck to render the person unconscious in a matter of seconds.

"I started evaluating this policy last week following the terrible events in Minneapolis and believe now is the right time to make this change," Nisleit said. "Effective immediately, I have placed a stop on the use of the carotid restraint among our police department. I have heard from the community, and the department wants to work toward strengthening our community partnerships to keep all San Diegans safe."

8:15 a.m. Stockton protesters shake hands with police

Stockton police say demonstrators left the downtown area before 9 p.m. Monday.

On their Facebook page, officers say some demonstrators shook hands with members from a Mobile Field Force Team.

“Today’s demonstration remained peaceful as promised by the event organizers,” said Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones. “With the exception of some traffic disruptions, this was a very well-organized event.”

7:45 a.m. Sacramento reviews weekend damage

Clean-up efforts reveal how much damage was left behind after weekend protests in Sacramento.

The AP reports Downtown Sacramento Partnership tallied more than 200 broken windows and 330 pieces of graffiti.

The group also counted more than 50 cases of what it deemed “significant property damage” in the city’s central district. Overall, the organization estimated around $10 million in damages.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a news conference Monday that 430 retail businesses bore most of the damage, but office buildings and some residential properties were also affected.

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