The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging in Alameda and world history. Events that gripped the nation also had a lasting impact on the Island City as well. From the COVID-19 pandemic to protests of systemic racism, 2020 will be remembered as a unique year.
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.
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.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will not pursue a resisting arrest charge against Mali Watkins, according to a letter sent to Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri on July 10.