By Dan Jamieson
HBPD Chief Robert Handy gave some additional information on what happened at the downtown protest on May 31, 2020.
The protest was one of many around the country in response to the death of an African American man, George Floyd, by Minneapolis police. Some of those protests saw incidents of violent confrontations and property damage.
Chief Handy’s comments begin around 2:17 on the video of the June 1, 2020 City Council meeting. (See https://huntingtonbeach.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=10&clip_id=1674&meta_id=274324 )
HBPD broke up the protest at 1 p.m. after protesters closed a street and confrontations began (Handy may be referring to PCH). A curfew was put in place for 8 p.m. Twenty-one arrests were made. No property damage was reported locally.
Handy indicated that “multiple confrontations” with batons and pepper spray occurred involving people on “both sides” of the protest. (Counter protesters, some working with local businesses to board up shops, were also in attendance, Handy said.)