BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Since protests over the death George Floyd began in the Bakersfield area last week, the Bakersfield Police Department reported it arrested 19 people in connection to events over the weekend.
Floyd was killed on May 25 while in police custody by a Minneapolis police officer. Video caught the now former officer kneeling on Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed and stating "I can't breathe." That officer and three others have since been charged with Floyds' death.
BPD said that the arrests took place during protests on Friday and Sunday night. Majority of the arrests for unlawful assembly, with the exception of Michael Tran, the man accused of driving his vehicle through a street filled with protesters.
Tran, 31, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he was caught on video by several protesters driving through the crowd Friday afternoon. BPD said Tran struck a 15-year-old girl while driving through the crowd, leaving her with minor injuries.
Tran is being held on $525,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
The following other arrested were made at local protests:
Arrest from evening of May 29,
Police said there were no arrests May 30 connected to the protests.
Arrest from evening of May 31,
Police said two people were arrested Tuesday but those arrests where not related to protests. BPD said one subject was arrested in the area for driving without and license and another for driving a stolen vehicle.