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Danville extends nightly curfew; sheriff holds off on mandatory countywide order

Protesters make way onto I-680 in Walnut Creek

The town of Danville is continuing its nighttime curfew order for another three days in light of civil unrest in the East Bay, which included protesters halting traffic on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek late Monday afternoon.

Protesters marched onto Interstate 680 and halted traffic during the afternoon commute through Walnut Creek on June 1. (Video courtesy of Paul Smith)

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston, as of 5:15 p.m. Monday, had encouraged people to stay in their homes overnight Monday but held off on ordering a mandatory curfew.

"Please be assured law enforcement throughout the county is working together and has brought in additional resources to address incidences of civil unrest," Livingston said. "Please note that some cities have implemented their own curfews and residents should check their city’s website for updates. Please try to avoid calling for non-emergency police services until tomorrow if possible."

Livingston said all county residents should remain indoors from 8 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday "due to continuing civil unrest, ongoing disturbances and sporadic looting of businesses."

Meanwhile, in Danville, town officials have opted to declare a local state of emergency due to civil unrest in the Bay Area and the threat for potential looting and vandalism in the town.

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Danville police have instituted a mandatory curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night until Thursday morning.

"Additional police personnel have been activated and are maintaining patrols throughout Town," officials said. "We are aware of the threats that have been made on social media. We ask residents to only use 9-1-1 for reporting of emergencies."

Commuters heading north through the San Ramon Valley would have noticed traffic on I-680 coming to a halt starting just before 6 p.m. after a group of protesters walked onto the freeway and took it over. Law enforcement used reportedly tear gas and other means to clear the crowd off the freeway, according to resident accounts on social media.

Meanwhile, in Alameda County, the sheriff's office issued a countywide curfew on Monday that goes in effect starting 8 p.m. following several nights of civil unrest across the Bay Area.

Alameda County residents are ordered to remain inside their homes between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day until June 5, with the exception of emergency first responders, media, people experiencing homelessness, those seeking medical care, and people traveling to or from work.

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Teri Yan, spokesperson for the city of Pleasanton, said the Pleasanton Police Department "will handle any violators on a case-by-case basis," and that "anyone who does not fall under the 4 categories outlined in the order is subject to arrest."

"Due to recent events across the nation, combined with local threats of looting and protests, the Pleasanton Police Department has additional staffing available to ensure our community is safe," Yan told the Weekly. "We are closely monitoring activities around the Bay Area and we want to assure our community members that we are here to help them."

Police again blocked off entrance roads to the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton to ward off potential looters. At 10 p.m., Pleasanton PD reported on Twitter, "Curfew order is IN EFFECT until 5 am and roadways near Stoneridge Mall remain closed. We did not see any civil unrest and have additional staffing roaming the city. We're here to help our community and are aware of the peaceful protest planned for Friday."

The city of Pleasanton on Monday also postponed its regular City Council meeting from Tuesday night until June 16, citing the curfew as its reason.

Sgt. Steve Goard with the Livermore Police Department confirmed that "our agency has activated our entire police force" as a precautionary measure for Monday evening but did not provide any other details.

Protestors gathered to demonstrate in Dublin on Monday afternoon but the event was otherwise peaceful. Dublin police did not respond to request for comment but are presumed to have an increased presence as well Monday night.

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Danville extends nightly curfew; sheriff holds off on mandatory countywide order

Protesters make way onto I-680 in Walnut Creek

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 6:26 pm
Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 10:58 pm

The town of Danville is continuing its nighttime curfew order for another three days in light of civil unrest in the East Bay, which included protesters halting traffic on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek late Monday afternoon.

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston, as of 5:15 p.m. Monday, had encouraged people to stay in their homes overnight Monday but held off on ordering a mandatory curfew.

"Please be assured law enforcement throughout the county is working together and has brought in additional resources to address incidences of civil unrest," Livingston said. "Please note that some cities have implemented their own curfews and residents should check their city’s website for updates. Please try to avoid calling for non-emergency police services until tomorrow if possible."

Livingston said all county residents should remain indoors from 8 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday "due to continuing civil unrest, ongoing disturbances and sporadic looting of businesses."

Meanwhile, in Danville, town officials have opted to declare a local state of emergency due to civil unrest in the Bay Area and the threat for potential looting and vandalism in the town.

Danville police have instituted a mandatory curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night until Thursday morning.

"Additional police personnel have been activated and are maintaining patrols throughout Town," officials said. "We are aware of the threats that have been made on social media. We ask residents to only use 9-1-1 for reporting of emergencies."

Commuters heading north through the San Ramon Valley would have noticed traffic on I-680 coming to a halt starting just before 6 p.m. after a group of protesters walked onto the freeway and took it over. Law enforcement used reportedly tear gas and other means to clear the crowd off the freeway, according to resident accounts on social media.

Meanwhile, in Alameda County, the sheriff's office issued a countywide curfew on Monday that goes in effect starting 8 p.m. following several nights of civil unrest across the Bay Area.

Alameda County residents are ordered to remain inside their homes between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day until June 5, with the exception of emergency first responders, media, people experiencing homelessness, those seeking medical care, and people traveling to or from work.

Teri Yan, spokesperson for the city of Pleasanton, said the Pleasanton Police Department "will handle any violators on a case-by-case basis," and that "anyone who does not fall under the 4 categories outlined in the order is subject to arrest."

"Due to recent events across the nation, combined with local threats of looting and protests, the Pleasanton Police Department has additional staffing available to ensure our community is safe," Yan told the Weekly. "We are closely monitoring activities around the Bay Area and we want to assure our community members that we are here to help them."

Police again blocked off entrance roads to the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton to ward off potential looters. At 10 p.m., Pleasanton PD reported on Twitter, "Curfew order is IN EFFECT until 5 am and roadways near Stoneridge Mall remain closed. We did not see any civil unrest and have additional staffing roaming the city. We're here to help our community and are aware of the peaceful protest planned for Friday."

The city of Pleasanton on Monday also postponed its regular City Council meeting from Tuesday night until June 16, citing the curfew as its reason.

Sgt. Steve Goard with the Livermore Police Department confirmed that "our agency has activated our entire police force" as a precautionary measure for Monday evening but did not provide any other details.

Protestors gathered to demonstrate in Dublin on Monday afternoon but the event was otherwise peaceful. Dublin police did not respond to request for comment but are presumed to have an increased presence as well Monday night.

Comments

C. R. Mudgeon
Danville
on Jun 2, 2020 at 1:50 pm
C. R. Mudgeon, Danville
on Jun 2, 2020 at 1:50 pm
14 people like this

I think our local towns are doing the right thing in taking reasonable precautions. I also think that Walnut Creek police did the right thing in fairly quickly forcing the protesters off of the section of I-680 that they had tried to shut down.

Personally, I think that even non-violent shutting down of freeways and major arterial roads is very counter-productive to the aims of the protesters.

1. It is unsafe, in part because some modest percentage of drivers will get scared and nervous about being "trapped", and may drive unsafely to get through the protestors.

2. I don't think it changes anyone's mind about the issue of the protest - if anything it creates negative feelings toward the protestors

3. My other concern is that the peaceful protests draw a lot of police resources, which in some cases provides a degree of "cover" for other people to commit acts of looting, vandalism, and violence. I accept/know that this is not the intent of the vast majority of protestors. But even if totally inadvertant, the presence of the protest makes the other illegal activity more likely.....

It is also true that the charging of the cop who killed George Floyd has already taken place, and I have no doubt that charges against the other police officers who were present will also be forthcoming. Sometimes the wheels of justice grind a bit slowly. But I am convinced that justice will take place.


Danville
Danville
on Jun 2, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Danville, Danville
on Jun 2, 2020 at 2:47 pm
16 people like this

At what point does logic and critical thinking analysis over take emotion and political correctness when the good people of California are going to wake up and ask their elected officials:

(1) Our small businesses, restaurants, bars, nail salons, and churches still can not open, allegedly due to the fear of spreading the virus, but yet there is no enforcement of shelter in place orders if it pertains to protests that support certain political views.

(2) Politicians early in the shelter in place orders ordered law enforcement to go into churches and their parking lots and actually give criminal citations for attending church during the shelter in place order, but yet the same politicians are encouraging giant groups of people to gather in the streets to protest, despite the violation of shelter in place orders.

(3) A long time Sacramento Kings radio announcer was fired for saying he supports all lives, that all lives, including black lives, matter. Saying all lives matter is now equivalent to saying the N word, in today's political correctness world.

(4) The police officer in Minnesota was immediately fired and arrested and will be held accountable for his actions. There is no cover up, and the justice system will hold the officer accountable for his actions. Who will hold those responsible for the criminal looting, violence, riots, responsible for their actions? Is there amnesty now in CA for those who violate criminal statutes if you belong to a certain group or have certain political views?

(5) Are any politicians concerned about encouraging giant crowds to gather, in spreading the virus to police officers who are just trying to do their jobs and serve and protect? Protesters are yelling, spitting, and in close proximity to police officers, who now may be infected with the virus, and bring it home to their families. Have you heard one politician mention this?

God help us all.


Bob
Walnut Creek
on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:19 pm
Bob, Walnut Creek
on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:19 pm
7 people like this


To Danville,

Thank you for this sensible post! Refreshing to hear the truth within the context of
such a terrible time in history.

Love


Miller
San Ramon
on Jun 3, 2020 at 8:41 am
Miller, San Ramon
on Jun 3, 2020 at 8:41 am
10 people like this

Amen! We agree with you 1000%. These liberal politicians are all in cahoots and are choking our country down. Wake Up America!


Oscar Pinelli
Danville
on Jun 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm
Oscar Pinelli, Danville
on Jun 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm
1 person likes this

Enough Already with the curfews, stay at home orders, and other violations to our rights. COVID 19 is the biggest scam ever perpetrated on society. The racial bullshit is the other. All used by our politicians, and moreover unelected Health Department officials entrusted by our pathetically challenged governor. We're going to rise up and revolt. I mean insurrection.


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