Berkeley police ask for help identifying vandalism suspects after protest

Photo of Berkeley Police Department headquarters.
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In a Nixle alert Monday, the Berkeley Police Department advised the public to avoid protesting activity located by BPD headquarters.

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Update 7/14/2020: This brief has been updated to include information from Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Byron White.

Update 7/17/2020: This brief has been updated to include additional information from the Berkeley Police Department.

Protesters demonstrated outside of Berkeley Police Department headquarters in support of Black Lives Matter on Monday.

According to BPD spokesperson Officer Byron White, about 75 to 100 protesters marched to BPD headquarters from Oakland. White added that when the demonstration ended shortly after 11 p.m., only about 40 people were protesting. BPD sent a Nixle alert Monday advising people to avoid Center Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way between Allston Way and Addison Street due to protest activity.

White added that witnesses reported three suspects spray-painting the exterior of the city’s Public Safety Building around 6 p.m.

BPD officers also found spray paint on parked vehicles, a nearby statue and the street, along with chalked messages on the sidewalk.

According to a Nixle alert sent Friday, BPD now believes there are at least five vandalism suspects — three of whom are under the age of 18. The three underage suspects are white females with thin and medium builds. They have black, brown and blond hair and were wearing dark clothing on the night of the alleged incident.

BPD released photos of the other two suspects and is asking community members who can recognize the suspects or have any information about the crime to call BPD’s property crimes unit.

Check back for more updates.

Sebastian Cahill is a deputy news editor. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @SebastianCahil1.