Left-wing protest held at home of Sacramento City Manager, no arrests reported

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A protest held Sunday night at the home of Sacramento City Manager Howard Chan, which drew criticism from city leadership and other public figures, finished with no reported arrests despite tense interactions between protesters and police officers.

The protest at Chan’s home was advertised in the preceding week on social media, featuring a white flyer complete with Chan’s image and name in dripping red letters. The flyer depicted Chan as “wanted by the sovereign people of Sacramento” for acting in ‘gross negligence’ resulting in death, namely in the controversial officer-involved shooting deaths of Darell Richards and Stephon Clark, both Sacramento residents. Organizers and attendees were members of various left-wing “black bloc” groups commonly associated with the Antifa movement.

Initial condemnation of the protests suggested the location, the home of Asian-American Howard Chan, was an anti-Asian hate crime, however, organizers and protesters alike disputed this, saying they were only interested in holding Chan accountable. A self-titled “local team of frontline activists in Sacramento,”, the Sactivists, were quick to tweet a message distancing themselves from the allegation.

The group tweeted that it “acknowledge[s] that the graphic may be triggering” and it is “committed to standing in solidarity with the API community.”

Around 20 protesters first gathering at Elderberry Park marched to Chan’s home. Once there, organizers clashed with some of the neighborhood’s residents, as one family had signed preemptive citizen’s arrest orders in case the demonstration became unlawful. No physical violence was present at the protest, however, there were many tense interactions between protesters and police officers.

An organizer operating an Instagram page advertising “social justice events” taking place in Sacramento got into a shouting match with bike police and officers in riot gear, asking for multiple names and badge numbers after seeing an officer openly holding what looked to be an assault rifle.

The group of around 20 protesters gathered outside of Chan’s home, chanting slogans such as “All Cops Are Bastards” and “I don’t see a riot here, why are you in riot gear?” Activists criticized Chan’s failure to fire police officers involved in highly-scrutinized shootings, as well as his handling of warming centers for the homeless this past winter in which a man froze to death.

At 9:40 p.m. the protest began to disperse. Organizers and legal observers stayed behind to ensure protesters got out safely, again getting into numerous shouting matches with local police, some of which were following them and calling them out by name.

As the group left, an unidentified protester shouted “The ACLU is gonna have all your [expletive] badges, you know that, right?”

It’s unknown whether or not Chan was inside the home when the protest was occurring.

Sacramento Police officers remained in the neighborhood to monitor for further activity, a department statement read.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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