A second day of student protests swept across the cities of Richmond and San Pablo Thursday, as young people left their schools to demonstrate against the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President.
Contra Costa College students launched a planned protest and march at about noon that was supported by the school and professors. Student leaders urged calm before the planned march to San Pablo City Hall.
At about the same time, students at multiple local schools, including Kennedy High and Richmond High, left their campuses to protest. At about 2 p.m., more than 1,000 students had met at Civic Center Plaza, with students from DeJean Middle leaving their campus to join them.
The students then marched along Macdonald Avenue to San Pablo Avenue, shutting down the busy street. Dozens of police vehicles were at the scene. Richmond police received assistance from the California Highway Patrol, police Lt. Felix Tan said.
The students then marched along San Pablo Avenue to the Lytton Casino, then returned to Richmond via 23rd Street and continued to Richmond High. Several school staff had participated in what police called a “4-hour disruption.”
No injuries or arrests occurred. There was reportedly some looting at World Gas in San Pablo. No other vandalism was immediately known.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District thanked faculty, staff and Richmond police for “helping to keep children safe during the peaceful protest.”
Mike Kinney and Zach Chouteau contributed with reporting, images.