Downtown Oakland Begins Long Cleanup Process

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Businesses in downtown Oakland have begun the process of repairs and cleanup at several buildings Saturday after rioting that left widespread damage in its wake.

All along historic Broadway and near City Hall, sounds of construction, hammers and hoses can be heard as city workers and outside contractors were on the job following Friday night’s destructive protest in downtown Oakland.

Sprinkler system douses what remains of the Starbucks in #Oakland city Center facing Clay St after the windows were smashed and the place was set on fire pic.twitter.com/tKVUwXBfnw

— sovernnation (@SovernNation) May 30, 2020

At City Hall, windows in the historic entryway were smashed.

Jim has a different view.

A federal contract security officer was killed after two were shot Friday night outside of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in downtown Oakland. The team was protecting the federal complex during the protest, which was taking place several blocks away.

It's not clear if the events are related at this time.

The protests stem from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody earlier this week, part of demonstrations taking part around the country over how the case has been handled.