State offices in downtown areas throughout California are closed Monday following weekend protests against police violence and the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to address the statewide demonstrations and police confrontations during a press conference at 12 p.m. Monday.
The closures follow another day and night of protests in Sacramento, where some groups splintered off to break windows and tag walls on other businesses as protesters tried to redirect crowds away from damaged buildings in downtown Sacramento Sunday night.
According to Sacramento Police, 25 people were arrested Sunday. Officers say 22 people were arrested for stealing property and vandalizing businesses, while another three were arrested for failing to leave the area.
Tony’s Deli on J Street suffered damage Sunday night, along with other businesses on J Street and throughout parts of downtown and Midtown.
“It’s like a bomb went off in the place,” the deli’s owner told CapRadio’s Nick Miller Monday morning.
In a memo to state departments about the closures, the California Highway Patrol and the governor’s office advised them to close offices due to “escalating conditions.”
The Associated Press reports the mandate covers everything from the Department of Motor Vehicles offices to those that license workers and provide health care.
According to the memo, staff workers are expected to work from home and those who cannot telecommute will be offered administrative time off.
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