The Oakland, CA Police Department confirmed that riots sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week turned deadly on Friday night, culminating in the shooting of two Department of Homeland Security officers.
“Two Federal Protective Services officers stationed at the Oakland Down Town Federal Building suffered gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, one succumbed to his injury,” a PD spokesperson told CNN on Saturday.
According to Breitbart, “Federal Protective Services is a division of DHS tasked with defending the federal government’s ‘critical infrastructure, services, and the people who provide or receive them.'”
Nearly 7,000 protestors in the San Francisco Bay Area city took to the streets, vandalizing businesses and cars across the area. Oakland Chief of Police Susan Manheimer issued a statement urging Californians to continue protesting peacefully:
[Protests] started out peacefully and we stood with our community here in the city of Oakland to provide safe spaces and respectful spaces for our demonstrators. What we saw later on in the evening turned violent and disruptive, and we want to call on everyone who would come to Oakland and stand with us to respect the memory of George Floyd and the community — to ensure that they are peaceful and are respectful of the city of Oakland and especially our downtown businesses, which have been suffering since the pandemic began.
Prompted by the unjust death of Minneapolis man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday, riots have broken out across the nation, leaving a wake of destruction in their path. Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter on Friday afternoon.
Protesters in Washington D.C. also gathered outside the White House Friday night, attempting to break down barriers and lashing out a Secret Service agents protecting the President’s residence.