After a night of lawlessness in the streets of San Leandro and Hayward, both East Bay cities announced curfews that will begin Monday evening and last one week.
Looting and fires in San Leandro last night led city officials to declare a local state of emergency and institute a citywide curfew that will start Monday at 6 p.m. through 5 a.m.
The order will last until June 8, the city said on Monday morning. The early evening curfew will, at this point, be the earliest in the East Bay. Amid looting on Marina Boulevard last night, San Leandro officials previously issued an immediate curfew that began at 10 p.m. on Sunday through early Monday morning.
Those seeking medical attention, residents traveling to and from work, the homeless, and journalists are exempt from the curfew order.
Following several episodes of looters creating mayhem in Hayward, first at Southland Mall and later in various commercial corridors around the city, including downtown Hayward, where a suspect was shot by police, local officials announced their own curfew starting at 8 p.m. tonight. Like San Leandro, the curfew ends at 5 a.m. and will continue through June 8.
“This curfew is intended to protect the rights of our community members to lawfully demonstrate, protest and express their anger, revulsion and demand for change in light of the death of this African-American man in police custody in Minneapolis,” Hayward Police Chief Toney Chaplin said on Monday.
Hayward’s curfew also allows some specific exemptions. “Individuals who can establish to the satisfaction of a police officer that they are in such place for the sole purpose of traveling to a home or workplace or to obtain medical assistance,” the city wrote in a statement. Violation of Hayward’s curfew is a misdemeanor and subject to arrest, according to the city.
Fremont joined the list of Alameda County announcing week-long curfews on Monday afternoon. Fremont’s curfew begins at 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. until June 8. In addition, the following roads around the city’s auto mall will be closed during curfew hours:
Road Closures – Pacific Commons:
Christy Street, south of Auto Mall
Pacific Commons Blvd, from Auto Mall to Bunche Drive
Boscell Rd, from Auto Mall to Bunche Drive
Cushing Parkway, from Auto Mall to Bunche Drive (both directions)
Nobel Drive, from Auto Mall to Bunche Drive