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Vallejo PD Issues Response to December 6, 2020 Sideshow Activity
Posted on 12/07/2020
A series of sideshows over the weekend proved just how destructive these activities can be to the entire community. 

“Not only are the sideshows themselves a danger to the people who participate, they drain our department of resources needed to provide public safety to our residents,” said Shawny Williams, Chief of Police. “The impact of a single sideshow can mean the difference between life and death for a resident who needs immediate assistance.” 

On December 6, 2020 at approximately 8:53 p.m., the Vallejo Police Department (VPD) responded to a request for emergency assistance from the American Canyon Police Department regarding sideshow activity occurring near Flosden Road and Corcoran Avenue, an area bordering both American Canyon and Vallejo.  

The sideshow involved more than 75 vehicles whose drivers refused orders of dispersal from American Canyon PD, leaving two of their officers trapped. VPD officers were redirected from current calls for service to respond and upon arrival, the officers were located and the vehicles on scene were dispersed.  

As VPD officers returned to calls for service, the sideshow activity continued throughout multiple locations in North Vallejo, South Vallejo, Downtown Vallejo and East Vallejo, ending with a large sideshow at the intersection of Columbus Parkway and Georgia Street. 

More than 470 calls were received in a three-hour period from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, with nearly 200 calls received to dispatch from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The VPD also received reports of shots fired in the area where sideshows were active.   

Simultaneous to the calls received regarding sideshows, officers were also tasked with responding to a series of high-priority calls with a limited number of (7) officers available to respond. The calls for service included a domestic violence call, a sexual battery case, and a suspect drawing a firearm during an argument.  

“I want to send a clear message that sideshows will not be tolerated in the City of Vallejo, by neither our residents nor our police department,” said Williams. “Vallejo PD, along with our partner agencies, are working together to determine how to prevent sideshows and fully enforce the law when anyone dares to risk public safety.” 

VPD subsequently requested mutual aid from allied agencies to help address the sideshow activity. (1) CHP Air Unit, (1) CHP ground unit, (2) Solano Deputies, (2) Benicia officers and (2) APD officers met with available VPD units to assist in the response.  

Upon arrival, the number of sideshow participants significantly decreased and at approximately 12:52am, the remaining participants were dispersed from city limits.  

For more information/background, please read our former press release referencing proposed plans to combat sideshow activity in the City of Vallejo.

For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at VallejoPolicePIO@cityofvallejo.net. or by phone at (707) 651-7147.