About 7:45 a.m., on Saturday, May 23, an anonymous caller to the Alameda Police Department (APD) non-emergency number reported a man walking and “dancing” in the street in the 2000 block of Central Avenue. The caller indicated the subject may be mentally ill or under the influence.
Last week, thousands of people unified in protests across the world calling for change in police departments across the United States after George Floyd, a Black man, was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a White police officer, in Minneapolis on May 25. Witnesses recorded Chauvin kneeling directly on Floyd’s neck during his arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.
Above, Alameda residents held a rally outside Alameda Police Department Monday demanding justice for George Floyd, and people of color across the country who disproportionately suffer at the hands of law enforcement. Right, at the same time, commercial property and business owners raced to board up their windows ahead of anticipated civil unrest that targeted seven locations in Alameda the night of May 31. Due to a rapidly imposed curfew, little unrest occurred Monday night.
Island not immune from impacts of George Floyd’s death
The ramifications of George Floyd’s death last week in Minneapolis have been felt throughout the country including here in Alameda.
Floyd, 46, died on May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Michael Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes while trying to arrest him, according to video surveillance. An independent medical examination by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden ruled Floyd’s death was caused by asphyxia, when the body is deprived of oxygen.
Encinal High School senior Rawabi Ali picks up her cap and gown at Encinal High School on May 9. Students received their diplomas from staff of Jostens, a company that produces college and high school class rings, yearbooks and other graduation products. A virtual ceremony was held May 26 at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex where students had their walks across the stage recorded for posterity.