Timeline of events since George Floyd’s arrest and murder by the Oakland Police Department
1. Tuesday, August 23, 2018 – George Floyd protests and protests throughout the United States
Tuesday, August 23, 2018:
In the afternoon, about 1 p.m., protesters staged a sit-in at Alameda City Hall. About 2:30 p.m., protestors peacefully marched from Westfield Missionary Baptist Church to Oakland City Hall. They held an event with Dr. Ben Carson, a member of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, at the Oakland City Hall rotunda, where they prayed and sang songs, and then marched to the Oakland Metropolitan Building and held a rally.
About 5 p.m., about 150 protestors gathered at 12th and F streets, where they held a “die-in.” Protests and counter-protests continued throughout the night with each side speaking out about how their side was trying to bring about social justice. At around 11 p.m., a man who was taking a cigarette from a protester in front of a nearby hotel began cursing at the protesters. He then tossed a bottle at the group, striking an African-American girl who was standing in front of other protesters. The group then attempted to stop his flight, by attempting to wrestle him away in a face-off until police arrived. Police said the man tried to throw out two other items, which they claimed were “fireworks,” before he tossed out a bottle that hit a woman in her leg. Several witnesses said police initially blocked one man from getting at the man with the bottle.
2. Wednesday, August 24, 2018 – George Floyd’s funeral and aftermath
Wednesday, August 24, 2018:
At about 6:30 p.m., about 300 people gathered at Calvary Christian Church for a funeral mass. There were prayers and testimonies, including from Alameda Police Department Chief Sean Whent and from the Rev. Bernadette Burciaga, president of the Oakland chapter of National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. They spoke about the role and responsibility of the church. Shortly after the mass, the Oakland Community Church held a service.