UPDATE (5/31): All of Los Angeles County, including both incorporated and unincorporated areas, will be under curfew from 6pm Sunday until 6am Monday. The order says that no person shall be out in public, including on streets or walkways, with the exception of people traveling to and from work, those seeking medical attention, first responders and homeless residents. The county order also overrides any individual city curfews that are less strict.
Previously, Mayor Garcetti announced that Los Angeles will once again be under curfew on Sunday night, from 8pm to 5:30am on Monday morning. Beverly Hills has announced a curfew for business districts beginning at 1pm, and the rest of the city beginning at 4pm. West Hollywood, Pasadena and Culver City have extended their curfews, as well, starting at 8pm. Unlike on Saturday night—which saw transit riders around the city stranded following a system shutdown—Metro says it will continue to run on a regular Sunday schedule until close at midnight.
In addition, Santa Monica has issued notice of a curfew from 4pm Sunday to 5:30am on Monday. All off-ramps into the city are currently closed. A peaceful protest stepped off in Santa Monica earlier on Sunday; however, isolated instances of looting were visible later in the afternoon, around the time of the announcement.
Our original story from 5/30 appears below.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Saturday that he’d be putting a curfew in place from 8pm tonight to 5:30am tomorrow morning. Though initially announced for just Downtown L.A., the curfew was later expanded to the entire city in response to a growing number of protests. Emergency responders are exempt, as are people traveling to and from work or seeking or giving emergency care. Metro bus and rail service will be suspended for the duration of the curfew. In addition, Garcetti has requested that the National Guard be sent in.
The announcement comes in the midst of protests around the city in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer forcefully knelt on his neck (the officer has since been charged with murder).
In addition to L.A., the City of West Hollywood announced that it will also enforce an 8pm curfew on Saturday night until sunrise.
The curfew announcements come after an afternoon of growing protests. A Fairfax District demonstration started peacefully at Pan Pacific Park around noon, but grew increasingly tense, with altercations between protesters and cops as well as LAPD squad cars burning in the middle of the street. Similarly, there’ve also been reports of attempted looting and vandalism along Rodeo Drive and at the Grove.
The news follows three days of protests, including one in DTLA on Friday night that resulted in 533 arrests after an unlawful assembly was declared and vehicles were damaged and businesses vandalized. Reports on social media also indicate that police may have fired rubber bullets at protesters and bystanders.
“We cannot fulfill our duty to protect life when people are looting,” Garcetti said earlier in the day, after offering remarks about the horror of Floyd’s death. “We cannot protect our ability to protect life when we see fires set in dense urban areas… I’m asking all of Los Angeles to take a deep breath and to step back for a moment, to allow our firefighters to put out the flames, to allow our peace officers to reestablish some order and for us to let them protect your rights to be out there for as many days as we need to, for as many protests as we have to until change isn’t just something that’s a slogan, but change is in the actions we see across this country so that not one more person has to die with a knee in their neck.”
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