The City of Emeryville wants to assure Emeryville residents and businesses that our Police Department and other City staff is prepared to address any disturbances that may arise from the continuing demonstrations that have recently occurred in the area.
Yesterday evening, the advance of 1,000-1,500 demonstrators on I-80 was halted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) at Powell Street in Emeryville. CHP reports that over 150 individuals involved in the confrontation on the freeway were arrested and moved off the freeway to a safe area behind the Powell Street Plaza where they were processed for transport to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, while the freeway was reopened at approximately 9:58 pm.
At this time, approximately 500 demonstrators moved to our City streets and Emeryville Police requested mutual aid and several agencies responded. The demonstration lasted from approximately 9:30 pm to midnight. At all times while in Emeryville, the crowd was generally peaceful and non-violent; however, from midnight on, there were a small handful of individuals who were spray painting buildings, throwing glass, overturning dumpsters and setting fire to dumpsters.
We hope that any future demonstrations remain peaceful. As is their mission, Emeryville Police will continue to facilitate the safe and peaceful movement of demonstrations in our City. To aid our Police Department, the City asks that Emeryville businesses make sure to update their emergency contact card and be prepared in case of vandalism to have someone available to respond to secure your business. Please contact Emeryville Police at 596-3700 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.
Emeryville Police will continue to work with other jurisdictions in the region to continue to keep this community safe and facilitate peaceful protest.