OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hundreds of drivers joined a car caravan Sunday that stretched for miles through the streets of Oakland to protest the death of George Floyd and also other San Francisco Bay Area residents who have died in officer-involved shootings.
Among the drivers was Cat Brooks, who told KPIX 5 she was taking part in the caravan to call for an end to officer-involved deaths including Steven Taylor, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in San Leandro; Oscar Grant, who died in an officer-involved shooting in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009 at the Fruitvale BART station; and Breonna Taylor who died in an officer-involved shooting in Louisville.
“Because of Steven Taylor, because of George Floyd, because of Breonna Taylor, because of Oscar Grant — because, because, because,” she said. “This is not a Minneapolis problem. This is not an Oakland problem. This is an American problem.”
The caravan mustered at the Port of Oakland before proceeding into downtown where they were held up at the intersection of Franklin St. and Thomas L Berkley Way. Many of the vehicles had signs posted on them — ‘Black Live Matter” “No Justice, No Peace” “Justice For George Floyd.
Dozens of bicyclists also joined in and the caravan began driving around Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
“I can’t even begin to explain how massive this #GeorgeFloyd car caravan protest is,” Darwin BondGraham wrote on Twitter. “Cars are driving in a seemingly endless line around Oakland’s Lake Merritt in both directions now.”
I can’t even begin to explain how massive this #GeorgeFloyd car caravan protest is. Cars are driving in a seemingly endless line around Oakland’s Lake Merritt in both directions now. pic.twitter.com/gZrQBztK7U
— Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) June 1, 2020
Noah Klugman wrote on Twitter: “In a protest caravan in Oakland. While we wait we are researching and donating to State campaigns with minority candidates. #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #BlackLivesMatter”
— Lincoln (@linkydaw) May 31, 2020