News release - 10/22/2012

Published 10/22/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Protest March
DATE/TIME: October 22, 2012 / 5:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Del Sol Park, 1500 Camino Del Sol
PREPARED BY: Senior Officer Luis McArthur, Public Information Officer, (805) 385-7631,
Senior Officer Luis McArthur, Public Information Officer, (805) 385-7631,

At approximately 5:00 P.M. on Monday, October 22, 2012, a rally and march was held with regards to the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality.  The event began at Del Sol Park, and participants marched to Oxnard's Central Business District.  The crowd, estimated at approximately 400, marched to the Oxnard Police Department's headquarters building.
The Oxnard Police Department's intent for this event was to allow those in attendance to peacefully exercise their right to free speech and assembly. The Oxnard Police Department made a number of efforts to communicate with the event organizers, but they did not respond.
Overall, the group was generally peaceful.  However, the group did take over street intersections and obstructed traffic.  A few persons from within the group were seen jumping on at least two vehicles in the downtown area.  Some persons were observed tagging graffiti on public property, including trees, a bus stop, and the gazebo at Plaza Park. The Veteran’s Memorial in Plaza Park was also vandalized.  A number of participants challenged passersby and taunted officers who were attempting to control traffic.  Video evidence will be reviewed for potential arrests of those persons engaging in criminal activity.

DATE / TIME PREPARED:  10/22/12, 9:43 P.M.


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