On Wednesday, Stanislaus County Officials proclaimed a local “State of Emergency” in response to protests throughout the county. The proclamation allows the county to apply for state and federal funding for law enforcement efforts to ensure public safety, including keeping safe those peacefully speaking out against racism and demonstrating for justice.
“While we expect to see additional peaceful demonstrations as we have seen throughout this week, we do not expect demonstration to turn to violence unless instigated by outside influencers,” said Sheriff Jeff Dirkse. “This proclamation is primarily an administrative tool for the county to access state resources as well as activate the State Emergency Services Act, which helps to facilitate coordinated response throughout the County if needed.”
A planned protest in Oakdale was relatively peaceful during the roughly two-hour window set aside for the event that began around 10 a.m. Wednesday … but problems and violence erupted later, after some of the remaining protestors clashed with counter-protestors. Police ultimately had to utilize a flashbang to quell the uprising. At least one person was injured and there were also some arrests made as a result of the Wednesday protest and counter-protest.
There is no curfew at this time. Stanislaus County Law Enforcement agencies are in regular contact and indicated they do not want to issue a curfew order unless it becomes necessary for public safety.
“While we find it necessary to take this administrative step in support of local governments throughout the County, we also recognize that we are very fortunate to have outstanding community leaders who have worked together to facilitate community events that respect and honor the cause of social justice,” said Stanislaus County CEO Jody Hayes.
County officials will review the continued need for a local emergency weekly.