A curfew ordered Monday, June 1, by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in the wake of widespread protests over police treatment of African-Americans was cancelled today.
In rescinding the order, Sheriff Greg Ahern said "recent protests (locally) have been relatively peaceful and public order and safety is being restored."
Protests, many of them turning violent, have been staged across the country since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being arrested and and forced to the ground with his hands cuffed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A police officer who knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes, allegedly causing the man’s death, has been charged with second-degree murder, while three other officers who witnessed the incident were charged with aiding and abetting. All four were fired.
Alameda County's curfew had been from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next day, but will not be in effect as of Thursday night. It had been set to expire on Friday.