As a crowd that grew to about 200 people gathered in front of Bakersfield Police Department headquarters Saturday evening to protest the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, some people took to the street in a literal sense.

For eight minutes, approximating the time Floyd's neck was held down by a police officer, people lay down, many on their stomachs, and said, "I can't breathe." There was also chanting of "What's his name? George Floyd!"

It was just one aspect of the second day of protests in Bakersfield in the area of H Street and Truxtun Avenue, where people chanted "this is what democracy looks like" and "no justice, no peace."

People drove by honking in support, bringing cheers from the crowd.

Signs bore words ranging from "Justice for Floyd" to "Black Lives Matter every day" to a quote attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "To ignore evil is to become accomplice to it."

Sirens frequently pierced the chants, and a law enforcement helicopter flew over the area early in the evening.

Eight orange barriers closed off Truxtun Avenue between H Street and Chester Avenue. For about 13 minutes, including when some people lay in the street, the intersection of Truxtun and H was blocked off.

The night appeared peaceful as of The Californian's print deadline. Around 9:10 p.m., some demonstrators shouted at others to keep everything peaceful. At about 9:25 p.m., some people began dispersing, moving east on Truxtun Avenue, away from a line of police officers. That was much the same as the night before. Around 10 p.m., people were congregating at Truxtun and N Street, in front of the Mechanics Bank Arena.

Jesslynn Williams, 18, of Bakersfield, said that for a long time she has wanted to stand up for civil rights, and she admires people who have done that in the past. She was not at Friday's protest, but upon seeing what took place Friday, she went out Saturday. She said she fears police and never feels safe around them.

"However, I feel I have to be here," Williams said.

The assembled protesters took a lap of about two blocks from Truxtun and Eye Street to 18th and H streets shortly after 7 p.m. A leader of the group told the people not to misbehave, because media had "given them a bad name" on Friday by saying some protesters were "rowdy."

"We are being peaceful, including the time we were chest to chest with police," Nuwanda Alejandro, 21, said Saturday, describing the events of Friday.

Friday night ultimately saw the arrest of one person on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly drove into a crowd, injuring a 15-year-old girl, and the arrest of 10 others on suspicion of resisting and obstructing officers. Earlier that night, bottles and rocks were thrown at officers, the memorial was vandalized and people did not follow an order to disperse, police said.

Bakersfield police said Saturday night that two people were caught on video vandalizing the memorial. One suspect was seen writing "Kill More Cops" in white paint, police said, while another suspect used a protest sign to attempt to conceal him.

At a distance from the crowd Saturday, two 13-year-old boys were hanging out in front of the police station, saying they were just there to check it out. They both called it "crazy."

One, Marco Moreno, of Bakersfield, said, "Never seen nothing like this."

His companion, Jesus Flores, said, "It's about time that people heard about the police brutality like that."

At about 5:50 p.m., a man who appeared to be painting on the back of the Bakersfield Fallen Officer Memorial was detained, police said.

"It was determined he was painting a sign and released,” Sgt. Nathan McCauley said.

Bouquets of flowers were also seen at the memorial, which had been vandalized during the Friday night protest.

The majority of protesters both nights have been young people, but one woman who was older, Wanda Turner, 55, said she was there for justice for her people. She said she came to a rally once before, for Trayvon Martin. She thought Saturday was organized and peaceful, and was glad to see many young people becoming involved.

"This is necessary, because if you don't protest, it just gets thrown under the rug, it just happens again and again," Turner said. "Hoping we get some sort of results from this."

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Masked 2020

isn't Antifa a bit too complicated for BakoPatch..... and Donald?.....WiKI... When Italian dictator Benito Mussolini consolidated power under his National Fascist Party in the mid-1920s, an oppositional anti-fascist movement surfaced both in Italy and countries such as the United States. Many anti-fascist leaders in the United States were syndicalist, anarchist, and socialist émigrés from Italy with experience in labor organizing and militancy.[33] Ideologically, antifa in America sees itself as the successor to anti-Nazi activists of the 1930s; European activist groups that originally organized to oppose World War II-era fascist dictatorships re-emerged in the 1970s and 1980s to oppose white supremacy and skinheads, and eventually spread to America.[34] After World War II, but prior to the development of the modern antifa movement, violent confrontations with fascist elements continued sporadically.[35]

Modern antifa politics can be traced to opposition to the infiltration of Britain's punk scene by white power skinheads in the 1970s and 1980s, and the emergence of neo-Nazism in Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall.[27] In Germany, young leftists, including anarchists and punk fans, renewed the practice of street-level anti-fascism.[27] Columnist Peter Beinart writes that "in the late '80s, left-wing punk fans in the United States began following suit, though they initially called their groups Anti-Racist Action (ARA) on the theory that Americans would be more familiar with fighting racism than they would be with fighting fascism."[27]

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Wow Yorkies, citing Wikipedia again? Yeah, that's a recognized source of information (said no college professor ever).

You continue to shatter the "With age comes wisdom" adage...

Desperado

It looks like many protesters are wearing face masks. They are doing so not because of the virus, but so cops can't identify them later. Just goes to show what cowards they really are.

Moardeeb

I see the President was taken to his bunker today. President Shartpants!

Actually I just saw reported that there's no evidence Antifa is involved. But the White Supremacists are on FB bragging about their attendance at the protests!

Trying to start a race war. The Bugaloos, Proud Boys, other White Nationalist groups!

Busted!

casones

HAHAHA. The GREAT TRUMPKIN hiding like a sissy.

Masked 2020

if they would just put they other three cops in shackles and let us see them do the perp walk.... the problem would be solved....for the moment...what happened to a eye for and eye...Lock them cops up...that blue wall of silence.. shame shame shame

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Yorkies, and "eye for an eye" was from ancient Babylonia...

Google "Hammurabi's Code"- we know how much you love Internet searches...

casones

WHO CARES WHERE IT ORIGINATED?

Gene Pool Chlorinator

It's called being educated- maybe you should go back and get your GED? It's almost like a high school diploma...

She Dee

When did Democracy turn into MOB RULE? When the people carrying the signs decide it's their way or the highway!? Sorry people....this is NOT DEMOCRACY. So sad.

jtorczon

Well said, She Dee. Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney with whom I have not agreed with on anything he says until now, has some choice words for the Democrats: https://www.foxnews.com/media/leo-terrell-civil-rights-attorney-calls-for-end-to-riots-destruction

casones

OMG, here we go. DEMOCRATS, again. I guess you haven't heard? KING TRUMP called for MAGA army to respond on FRIDAY and they have. His white supreme loyalists have infiltrated the peaceful protests.

Veritas

OMG, here we go. Blaming Republicans and Trump again. Apparently you haven’t heard. Democratic professional riot inciters have been at it in all violent riots so far. But, you knew that all ready Mrlostitall...

Masked 2020

folks have been looting since the birthing of our nation..........cut copy paste.....The Tea Act, passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773, granted the British East India Company Tea a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies. This was what ultimately compelled a group of Sons of Liberty members on the night of December 16, 1773 to disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians, board three ships moored in Boston Harbor, and destroy over 92,000 pounds of tea. The Tea Act was the final straw in a series of unpopular policies and taxes imposed by Britain on her American colonies. The policy ignited a “powder keg” of opposition and resentment among American colonists and was the catalyst of the Boston Tea Party. The passing of the Tea Act imposed no new taxes on the American colonies. The tax on tea had existed since the passing of the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act. Along with tea, the Townshend Revenue Act also taxed glass, lead, oil, paint, and paper. Due to boycotts and protests, the Townshend Revenue Act’s taxes were repealed on all commodities except tea in 1770. The tea tax was kept in order to maintain Parliament’s right to tax the colonies. The Tea Act was not intended to anger American colonists, instead it was meant to be a bailout policy to get the British East India Company out of debt. The British East India Company was suffering from massive amounts of debts incurred primarily from annual contractual payments due to the British government totaling £400,000 per year. Additionally, the British East India Company was suffering financially as a result of unstable political and economic issues in India, and European markets were weak due to debts from the French and Indian War among other things. Besides the tax on tea which had been in place since 1767, what fundamentally angered the American colonists about the Tea Act was the British East India Company’s government sanctioned monopoly on tea.

Zeppo

Dear "Tea Act" writer: Please write our complete history of the U.S. will you. I'm certain that we all want to hear. Also, how life on earth began.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Yorkies, to equate the Boston Tea Party to those that are looting, burning and injuring innocent parties, has got to be one of the most ridiculous comments you have posted on this forum. And that says a lot...

Quit trying to use Google to feign actual intelligence- it's not working...

Zeppo

If "black lives matter," why do they only matter if one is killed by a policeman? How about all the ones that are killed each day by other black men? What does "protesting" accomplish? Let the justice system take care of this, and if he is judged "not guilty," then there is reason to protest. Otherwise, go home, stop ruining businesses and act like a thinking person! You are barbarians when this occurs.

jtorczon

Bingo, Zeppo! It’s hard to believe that, in this day and age, some of these folks are acting like a pack of rats with no regard to civility.

casones

Your ignorance is appalling. RODNEY KING! RODNEY KING! PEOPLE WAITED FOR A VERDICT! That was over 25 years ago! And now you are telling people to wait again? After 25 years of waiting? What a joke!

She Dee

Casones, what if the unknown facts of this case were as follows....."Cop keeps foot on neck of a man he once worked with due to having a past riddled with personal problems as well as with the women in his life", The news does not tell the whole story about the past history of these 2 guys. Perhaps there is an ignorance issue on all sides of this story???

Take action Now

First of all we all need to look at both sides of our problems in our society. We all experience “bad apples” and frustrations in life. Law enforcement is no different. You have people in law enforcement that should not be because they like the feeling of power. Second law enforcement has a high level of stress due to our legal system of catch and release. In the Floyd case this officer has a personal problem that I think is related to both enjoyment of power and stress. When you see the video he has a zombie like state of expression. I don’t think he really knew how long he had been kneeling on Floyd’s neck, because looked out of touch with reality. Officers live a high level of stress because when they stop someone they have no idea who they are dealing with. When people start to argue, fight, or resist or run - what the officer is requesting you to do - then they wonder why are acting guilty of something. Just do what officer asks- if you are falsely arrested you have a right to sue for lost wages , etc caused by that jurisdiction. As for the Floyd incident that officer has mental issues. I read that he has worked a second job as an off duty cop for security. This should not be allowed. Cops need to use their days off to relax and chill out from the stress of their job.

The young lady who was an EMT who was killed by the police department on the entering of a home without notice is really tragic. Very poor police work- couldn’t make a fake buy instead. Whom ever gave the authority to break down the door without proper notice should also be held for involuntary manslaughter. We all need to learn to be patient and understanding and make our legal system work equally for all - rich man , poor man, white man, black man.

BanditIvy

Rioters should be shot! No longer a peaceful protests when the Memorial to Fallen Cops is desecrated

She Dee

RUBBER BULLETS Please!!!

Moardeeb

People have had it. Look at the crowds. White kids in their 20's. They don't accept racism, homophobia, white nationalism. The times they are a changin.

Makes people uneasy. The looting element? Just taking advantage of the situation.

It doesn't help when you have a White Nationalist in the White House. He needs to resign.

The pressure will drop I hope. And in a few months we'll have a qualified President to handle the situation. Although I think you'd have to be a bit to want the job.

Lilyrose

Moardeeb:. The nation has to be careful. If you have people smashing and grabbing and burning buildings and over powering police stations, the middle section of America will slide back to the side of " comfort" white bread America. The ones who believe in guns as long as you're white.

This behavior of destruction only empowers the current administration.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Lily, do you have one functioning brain cell??

Zeppo

Gene Pool Chlorinator: No, Lilyrose doesn't.

Lilyrose

No Chlorinator:. Not one.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Lilyrose: Thanks for affirming- it's obvious...

Boris25

Yes, there were White kids protesting which is their Constitutional Right. I didn't see any White protesters looting in the video of Los Angeles , New York or other cities. As for you excusing the looting elements as "just taking advantage of the situation" just shows you how you, other socialist Liberals and Democrats are out of touch with reality . Are the arsonist also "just taking advantage of the situation"? How about those shooting individuals. According to your logic any criminal is just taking advantage of the situation. Does that include rapist, burglars, child abusers and murders? They just take advantage of the situation.

Fightingsideofme

Protest solve nothing if you can not change laws that will hold a LEO accountable, destroying property is going to make the people that were on your side walk away, take the legal course and gain a victory, act like fools and give them the advantage.

JR

Are you really that obtuse or are you just repeating something you've heard other people who don't care about black people either being killed or getting justice say.. "Take the legal course," indeed. What do you think all this anger and protesting is about? There is no legal ramifications for cops when they cold-bloodily murder black people,

Zeppo

JR: Why no concern for the THOUSANDS of blacks that are killed by blacks????? How about the whites that are killed and robbed by blacks???????

RubySue

I have heard, from reliable sources, there were two bus loads of "Protesters" brought in from LA last night. This seems plausible, considering many of the sighs were professionally made. Has this been confirmed or denied?

YourNeighborhoodCommie

Facebook is not a suitable source of facts karen.

RubySue

I don't do facebook, and my name isn't Karen, Commie.

Wretch

Karen

Masked 2020

you'd have to be a brain dead card carrying Bako Patch teaP er ....if you couldn't see this happening .....once Trump got elected.........chillin with Modella and Stella and watching Nipsy and Lilly Allen sing their hearts out......RIP...Nipsey......

RubySue

This has nothing to do with President Trump. Nothing to do with George Floyd. It's all about another man named George, finding another excuse to rile people up and get them to do his dirty work. If you can't see this, you have blinders on.

Zeppo

RubySue: You are correct! George Soros pays these groups, through different venues, to rile up idiots and riot. His aim is to completely dismantle our way of life and Capitalism.

jtorczon

Interesting that the report mentions a sign saying “To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.” How so fitting for the protesters who have been ignoring the vandalism, riots, lootings and arsons.

YourNeighborhoodCommie

Oh good argument because some protesters are guilty then that means that we can't be angry about the abuse of power by police? None of it is okay. However, the police are especially guilty they took an oath to protect but too often they are what people of color need protection against.

jtorczon

And a tip of the hat to Minnesota’s Governor for saying that the protests are no longer about George Floyd.

YourNeighborhoodCommie

They aren't just about George they are about the tens of thousands of victims of police brutality. However I don't expect you to understand.

She Dee

YourNeighborhoodCommie- Don't you mean "black victims"? I don't see too many of those protestors carrying signs to complain about white, brown, yellow or red citizens being brutalized. And what about the women and children of all colors who have been abused and victimized century after century? Has the country forgotten about this group and decided that the decendents of slavery deserve more respect?

Zeppo

She Dee: Great point!

Zeppo

YourNeighborhoodCommie: There aren't "tens of thousands." But there are tens of thousands of blacks killed by other blacks.

jtorczon

D.C.’s Mayor, a diehard Democrat no less, has two words for anyone looking for trouble: “GO HOME!”

YourNeighborhoodCommie

no one is looking for trouble, we're looking for justice.

Independent Voter

Then I urge protestors to look at themselves and their own communities, Commie. There are critical issues facing communities of color, many of which have nothing to do with crooked law enforcement, disparities in pay or access to jobs and education. In many cases, there is a tragic breakdown in the family unit. I'm not saying there aren't issues with some members of law enforcement - it's obvious there are issues - but those truly seeking answers must spend less time stretched out on the pavement or marching about downtown, and more time engaging with rational and thoughtful members of their community willing to engage those they feel oppose and oppress them.

YourNeighborhoodCommie

So you agree we should redistribute some wealth in an effort to rebuild our most impoverished communities? There is no rational thought in trumps america he sees these protesters as thugs people trying to change how easy it is for a cop to kill a man and get away with it yet you still argue against it There is no rational thought.

jtorczon

Good luck with that! Just heard that the “protesters” are leaving one looted area of Chicago to head several miles to a sporting goods store. This peaceful protest is a sight to behold!

Independent Voter

For Commie: You asked if I thought we should redistribute wealth for impoverished communities - well, Commie, haven't we been doing that? There are myriad programs, grants, state and federal dollars, scholarship programs strictly for students of color, etc. So far, little to no difference. How much, Commie, will it take?

Zeppo

Independent Voter: Have you seen Oprah, Diddy, or any of the others "redistributing" their wealth?? Do they do anything to help the black community. I don't see it. They've got what they have and they are going to keep it.

RubySue

For what? George Floyd's killer has been arrested. He will be brought to trial. If you think for one second it's because of the rioting, looting and trashing of cities, you are absolutely out of your mind. That was going to happen anyway. You were looking for an excuse. Just like Watts, just like LA, just like Ferguson.

jtorczon

Well said, Ruby Sue. Gianno Caldwell would agree with you based on his latest tweet at https://mobile.twitter.com/GiannoCaldwell/status/1266884871579930629

YourNeighborhoodCommie

You really believe that the protesters only care about anarchy? These are people fighting injustice unfortunately you have sold your soul to trump and the racist millionaires that align with him so I Will end this conversation by saying. You are disillusion and history will see that you are on the wrong side of things.

Zeppo

YourNeighborhoodCommie: …….and you think that protesting will give you "justice?" Why not wait and see what occurs from the justice system, then?

She Dee

The "justice system" will put the cop in holding, he will most likely get injured, killed or be a victim of self inflicted "suicide" in order to avoid having to go to a state or federal prison & that's all going to NOT CHANGE ONE THING about this system. That's the way it's designed to work. Hate to burst yer bubble!

She Dee

Your NeighborhoodCommie- You must be very young, very naive and had an easy life that was handed to you on a silver platter. Trouble finds those who put themselves in harms way. Get off the streets and start changing the system from within or do what my generation failed to do. Take it beyond the limits and let it all go down the toilet....this time around.

Catherineocds

Looking for justice in big screen TV’s, designer handbags, alcohol, and name brand clothes? That must mean I create an injustice every time I actually purchase things.

Zeppo

Catherineocds: Perfect comment!

Zeppo

YourNeighborhoodCommie: If you are looking for justice, can you find it in a Target or small business by looting it? Rioters are using this to loot and get "things" for free.

She Dee

Zeppo- Research LAND GRAB and that should shed some light on why some of these "protest groups" are coming into towns and selectively wrecking certain addresses in order to gain control of an area by fear tactics and buy everyone out when the time is right for their hidden agendas. It has been going on for many years and not too many people want to believe this is happening...let alone admit it!

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