San Mateo County instituted a curfew on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in response to widespread looting and vandalism reported around the Bay Area following the killing of an unarmed black man in the custody of Minneapolis police last week.
The curfew will run from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. both nights, county Board of Supervisors president Warren Slocum announced on Twitter.
The city of Palo Alto also announced it is implementing a 10-day curfew beginning Tuesday night. Violation of the curfew, which will be in effect between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., is considered a misdemeanor. City Manager Ed Shikada notified business owners of the curfew in an email message earlier today. The curfew, he said, is "based on monitoring of potential criminal activity in the region."
Alameda and Contra Costa counties are among the local jurisdictions that have instituted similar countywide curfews as the region has been roiled by demonstrations over the death of George Floyd last week, with some gatherings leading to property crime and violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement.
Hundreds of people gathered at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City on Tuesday afternoon for a peaceful demonstration to protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week and show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Almost all of the businesses along Broadway, the main road that crosses through downtown, were closed and boarded up. Other businesses, such as August Barbershop, kept the doors to the shop open and offered bottles of water to protesters. Cafe Borrone and Kepler's Books in Menlo Park were also boarded up Tuesday afternoon.
Following the demonstration, there was a march several blocks down the road to Woodside Road.
Menlo Park police reported on Twitter that the department had received anonymous social media posts indicating potential looting within the county Tuesday night, which ultimately did not come to fruition.
"At this time, we are unable to confirm if this information is credible," the department said. "We are prepared to respond to any criminal issues as they arise."
A peaceful protest on Monday, June 1, drew hundreds to the streets of Menlo Park and Palo Alto in the morning and afternoon. Smaller demonstrations were held in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, as well as at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, in the evening.
Another demonstration is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, in front of San Mateo City Hall (330 W. 20th Ave.) and end at the San Mateo Police Department headquarters at 200 Franklin Parkway.
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