Hanford · Visalia/Tulare

South Valley law enforcement deployed to Bay Area for riot response

As protests in the San Francisco Bay Area teeter into violent riots filled with looting, local law enforcement agencies are receiving new batches of relief from an unlikely source: the San Joaquin Valley.

Monday, units from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Kings County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare Police Department, and Exeter Police Department were deployed to Oakland following a request from the California Office of Emergency Services.

It’s not the first riot-related deployment for Kings County Sheriff’s deputies, who were dispatched to Los Angeles on Saturday to assist with growing unrest in the nation’s second-largest city.

The City of Oakland has faced a heavy riot activity over the weekend, with widespread looting and break-ins.

Early Monday morning, shots were fired near the headquarters of the Oakland Police Department.

While no one was injured, police arrested three people suspected of engaging in shooting.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.