'This is not Oakland': Looting suspects came from out of town, city officials say

OAKLAND (KGO) -- Many of those arrested for looting in Alameda County over the weekend were from out of town, revealed Oakland's police chief in a press conference Monday.

"Many were coming actually from, surprisingly, the Stockton, Merced, southern area and coming in very organized fashion... 15, 20, 30 cars at a time, hitting as you've seen different shopping malls, different areas," said Interim Police Chief Susan Manheimer.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said 60 people were arrested Sunday who were "clearly engaged in serious illegal activity." She said many of the alleged looters had targeted businesses in East Oakland and Fruitvale.

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"These attacks last night were to business owners that are already vulnerable to this pandemic and that are the only services and beloved resources for these communities that are already suffering. So it was extremely painful," Schaaf said.

"That's why you know it's not us. That's why you know it's not Oakland," added District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney. "Oakland doesn't do that. We don't hurt where we eat.

"How do we feel when interlopers come to destroy our city and exploit our pain? We are outraged. We are insulted. We are beyond angry. You know this is not Oakland," she continued.

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"We don't do that to the memory of our fallen. This moment is too sacred in American history to play looting games. So that's not who we are."

Chief Manheimer didn't have a specific number available on how many of the suspects arrested were from out of the area and how many were residents.

Oakland, along with the rest of Alameda County, will be under a mandatory nightly curfew starting at 8 p.m. Monday night.

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