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A Countywide Curfew Resumes on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles

UPDATE 6/2/20: Los Angeles County has announced that the 6 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew will be in effect for a fourth night. A Beverly Hills city curfew will begin at 1 p.m.; additional cities may institute earlier curfews as the day progresses.

In addition to the standard exceptions for essential workers and emergency medical care, today’s order also makes an exception for individuals going to cast in-person votes in the local special elections happening today in the City of Commerce and El Rancho Unified School District.

UPDATE 6/1/20: For a third night, L.A. County will be enforcing a 6 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew throughout all incorporated and unincorporated areas, including the City of Los Angeles. The order instructs people to stay off “public streets, avenues, boulevards, places, walkways, alleys, parks or any public areas or unimproved private realty” starting and ending at the designated times. The order does not apply to police officers, firefighters, and the National Guard, as well as credentialed media, people traveling to and from work, people who need medical help, and “people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter.”

Earlier today, an alert went out claiming that the curfew had been moved up to 5 p.m., but that appears to have been in error. At 4 p.m., Mayor Eric Garcetti reiterated the 6 p.m. curfew for the city of L.A.; likewise, L.A. County’s website still says 6 p.m.

In a statement, Garcetti said, “The focus needs to stay on taking down systemic racism and ending senseless violence against Black men and women—and we can’t let a small number of people hijack that movement by putting lives in danger and destroying property,” Garcetti said in a statement. “We are keeping the curfew in place tonight to protect everyone’s safety and help our first responders keep the peace.”

More stringent curfews in municipalities supersede the County order. For instance, Santa Monica is enforcing a 1 p.m. curfew in the “downtown business area” and a 4 p.m. curfew in the rest of the city. Same goes for Beverly Hills and Long Beach (1 p.m. in business districts, 4 p.m. citywide).

UPDATE 5/31/20: As protesters continue to demonstrate against police violence across the city, L.A. County has implemented a curfew beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday and ending at 6 a.m. on Monday morning. Earlier today, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that a citywide curfew would be in place beginning at 8 p.m., but Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s curfew supersedes the Mayor’s order.

“In the event the county curfew is more stringent than a resident’s local curfew order, the county curfew will supersede it,” the county’s website explains. “In other words, if a resident’s local curfew order is 8 p.m., the 6 p.m. county curfew supersedes it; if the local order is 4 p.m., the local order still stands.”

Throughout Los Angeles, people received conflicting emergency alerts on their phones, prompting confusion and suspicion that the conflict was meant to confuse people. Mayor Garcetti has not deleted or updated a tweet from earlier today that says curfew begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

“All incorporated and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County shall adhere to staying off public streets, avenues, boulevards, places, walkways, alleys, parks or any public areas or unimproved private realty within Los Angeles County, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day,” the county’s website says. The order does not apply to police officers, firefighters, and the National Guard, as well as people traveling to and from work, people who need medical help, and “people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter.”

Originally published 5/30/20:

A protest that began around noon in Pan-Pacific Park has since migrated to the area of 3rd and Fairfax, where the LAPD has declared an unlawful assembly. At least one police vehicle was set on fire and several others were vandalized as police bombarded the area, reportedly deploying tear gas and flash bangs.

As some of the crowd dispersed, a group of protesters, both on foot and in cars, made its way through the city, heading east on Beverly Boulevard. At approximately 3:30 p.m., moments after a parade of police cars and motorcycles headed west through the area, the protesters made their way through Larchmont Village, where neighbors stopped and chanted in support.

It’s the fourth day of nationwide protests against racism and police violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died while being detained by Minneapolis police on May 25. Derek Chauvin, the officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for a prolonged period of time, has since been arrested and charged with murder.

After a night of protests in downtown L.A. that resulted in upward of 500 arrests, Mayor Eric Garcetti has implemented a curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday night, continuing through 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Initially, the curfew only impacted downtown, but it’s now citywide.

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Actors Who Have Played Cops on TV and in Movies Are Donating Real Money to Anti-Brutality Campaigns

Actors who’ve made money playing cops—and plenty who’ve made nothing—are donating to groups like Black Lives Matter and ActBlue in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.

It got started with a tweet from Griffin Newman, who wrote, “I’m an out-of-work actor who (improbably) played a detective on two episodes of Blue Bloods almost a decade ago. If you currently play a cop? If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop? I’ll let you do the math.”

Newman, best known for playing Arthur Everest on Amazon’s The Tick, then encouraged his followers to tag any other actors they thought fit the criteria. While Ice-T, Duane “The Rock” Johnson, Adam Sandberg, Mariska Hargitay, and Sophia Bush were all quickly tagged, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz was the first to step up, matching Newman’s $11,000 donation, which she gave to the National Bail Fund Network and ActBlue Charities.

Though Beatriz’s Nine-Nine co-star Andy Sandberg has not publicly responded to calls to get involved in the donation action, he’s been helping to gather more than 8 million signatures for the Justice for George Floyd petition.

People who’ve never been in the spotlight except for on school stages are also pitching in, like one man who played a cop in his high school’s production of Annie and another who played the chief of police in his alma mater’s The Pirates of Penzance.

Even unemployed actors are giving what they can. And since it’s never a party until Tromaville gets involved, Dan Chamberlain of The Slashening made a contribution that rivals the average Troma production budget.

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LAPD Chief Michel Moore Walks Back Unfortunate Remark About Looters

LAPD chief Michel Moore faced swift backlash after he said that looters in Los Angeles were somehow responsible for the death of George Floyd, who an independent medical examiner says was asphyxiated in police custody in Minneapolis last week. Moore appeared at a press conference alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti and fire chief Ralph Terrazas on Monday evening to discuss several days of protests, arrests, and instances of looting throughout Los Angeles, and in municipalities outside the city limits.

“We didn’t have protests last night, we had criminal acts,” Moore said, referring to destruction of commercial property that took place from Santa Monica to Long Beach on Sunday. “We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers.”

In a tweet dispatched at around 7:30 p.m., Moore attempted to clarify his earlier comments, saying, “There are 4 police officers and 4 alone responsible for the death of George Floyd,” but again condemned “those intent on spewing mayhem and distraction into our communities” for being “a disgrace to his memory.”

Shortly after Moore tweeted, Mayor Garcetti followed up with an attempt to clean up the messy remarks, claiming Moore “regrets the words he chose.”

At around 11 p.m., in a series of three additional tweets, Moore offered a lengthier apology, saying, “I misspoke when making a statement about those engaging in violent acts following the murder of George Floyd. While I did immediately correct myself, I recognize that my initial words were terribly offensive. Looting is wrong, but it is not the equivalent of murder and I did not mean to equate the two. I deeply regret and humbly apologize for my characterization. Let me be clear: the police officers involved were responsible for the death of George Floyd.”

Throughout the evening, numerous people called for both Moore and Garcetti to resign. One user, a TV writer, wrote, “You said what you thought very clearly. If for some reason that’s not what you thought, then you can’t be trusted in such a critical job. Either way, I’d like you to resign now.” Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore chimed in, retweeting a story about the police chief’s comments with the caption, “I’ve always wanted to say this: FUCK YOU, MICHAEL [sic] MOORE!”

The recent demonstrations have revolved around police violence not just in Minneapolis, but across the country. According to a statistic frequently cited by Black Lives Matter, 601 people have been killed by police officers in Los Angeles County in the past seven years.

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Daily Brief: Donald Trump Threatens to Use the American Military Against Americans

» Donald Trump threatened on Monday to deploy the U.S. military against Americans. In a statement, he referenced an 1807 law that might give him such authority, but has rarely been invoked. [NBC News]

» Also, in response to rumors that he’d spent the weekend cowering in an underground bunker, Trump emerged from the White House on Monday to stand in front of a nearby church awkwardly holding a Bible while photos and video were taken of him. To achieve the photo op, authorities cleared the area of peaceful protesters by shoving them with shields and shooting rubber bullets and tear gas canisters into the crowd. [The Washington Post]

» Law enforcement engaged in multiple high-speed pursuits after the countywide curfew went into effect on Monday evening. [KTLA]

» Public health officials are expressing concern about how the protests may speed the spread of COVID-19, and what may happen to those who contract the virus. Barbara Ferrer noted that it is “impossible not to connect” the racial inequities in law enforcement that have sparked the protests to the racial inequities in health care. [Los Angeles Times]

» At least 1,600 protest-related arrests have been made in Los Angeles so far. More are expected in the coming days. [Los Angeles Times]

»  In Louisville, Kentucky, a person has been shot and killed by police at protests similar to those in L.A. Some accounts say the police and National Guard troops may have been “returning fire” after an initial shot from the crowd. The governor has called on the police to release bodycam video of the altercation.  [Newsweek]

» For some, now might be a good time to read up on anti-racism.  Author Ibram X. Kendi shares his book suggestions. [The New York Times]


» Peaceful Protests and Looting in Santa Monica as Anger Over Injustice Continues Scenes from another day of protests

» In L.A., Race and Income Remain Major Factors in Coronavirus Deaths Black and Latino Angelenos are dying at higher rates than their white neighbors

» Mayor Garcetti’s Budget, Which Includes a Bump in LAPD Funding, Will Now Go to the City Council A coalition of activists is calling on the council to make a last-minute move to reassess city spending priorities


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These Black-Owned Restaurants and Shops Are Open for Business

For L.A.’s Black-owned businesses, the current economic crisis may be all that much more devastating, as Black entrepreneurs historically face greater hurdles when it comes to accessing credit or investment, or being able to follow their dreams of opening a business in the first place. One journalist has started a resource where customers can connect with local Black-owned operations to put their spending power back into the community.


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These Black-Owned Restaurants and Shops Are Open for Business

When the current protests begin to wane, there will still be a pandemic going on, and many small businesses, particularly restaurants and retailers, are barely hanging on. For L.A.’s Black-owned businesses, the current economic crisis may be all that much more devastating, as Black entrepreneurs historically face greater hurdles when it comes to accessing credit or investment, or being able to follow their dreams of opening a business in the first place.

With the urgency of supporting these operations in mind, Kat Hong, an editorial assistant for restaurant website the Infatuation, started circulating a Google spreadsheet over the weekend, attempting to create a list of Black-owned businesses in the area, particularly restaurants and food service providers currently open for takeout and delivery.

“It came from a place of pure helplessness,” Hong told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s difficult to know how best to support the Black community right now.”

Currently, the spreadsheet Hong started has over 100 entries spanning across the county, sorted by neighborhood. Among those listed are Bloom & Plume in Historic Filipinotown, Comfort L.A. in Inglewood, and Hawkin’s House of Burgers in Watts.

Kim Prince of Hotville Chicken, another entry on the document, told the Times that opening her restaurant just last year was the culmination of years of hard work, and she felt gratified that customers were still showing up, some of them sharing photos of her food with the hashtag #supportblackbusiness.

“Being Black and being a business owner in L.A., I’m very proud,” she said. “Every morning I get to unlock my restaurant doors and there is a sense of pride.”

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Mayor Garcetti’s Budget, Which Includes a Bump in LAPD Funding, Will Advance Unless the City Council Acts

UPDATE 4:50 P.M. – A spokesperson for Councilmember Paul Krekorian offered a statement regarding the status of the city budget.

“The budget adopted today, in accordance with the City Charter, is not by any means a final document,” he said, noting that there will be four Budget and Finance Committee meetings prior to the conclusion of the budget process, to be held on June 8, 15, 22, and 29. “The meetings will take public comment, per usual, and the Committee will vote on any proposed amendments.”

Those potential amendments could then go to the full City Council when they cast their votes.

With the Los Angeles city budget for the coming fiscal year due today, critics are calling for an eleventh-hour reassessment of how public funds are to be spent. In the proposed budget laid out by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the LAPD gets far and away the largest slice of the pie. At $1,857,330,549, the police budget is larger than the allocations to the fire department, Office of Emergency Management, Department of Transportation, Bureau of Street Services, and the Housing and Community Investment Agency combined. While pandemic has pushed most departments to tighten belts or furlough city workers, the LAPD budget is slightly increased from last year—even as concerns about the city’s police force have sent people spilling out into city streets.

In late May, a group of local activists released what they call a “People’s Budget” for L.A. which, they assert, offers a guide to reallocating funds away from policing and into providing direct services in communities.

“For Los Angeles, a budget is a reflection of the city’s values,” reads a statement accompanying the People’s Budget. “When deciding how to allocate resources, the question becomes who and what do we value most: Is it investing in our children, providing shelter, food, and medical care for our most vulnerable populations? Is it helping our city withstand a global pandemic? Or is it investing in a police state that won’t make our communities any safer, and will actually harm those who need help the most, especially now? ”

The People’s Budget proposes a formula based on proportions of the total discretionary budget to be allocated to broad categories or goals. It suggests putting the largest share—44.25 percent—into what it terms “universal aid and crisis management.” That bucket would hold funding for housing, including addressing homelessness, as well as public health and emergency response.

“Law enforcement and policing” would be reduced to less than six percent of the total—a reduction arrived at by slashing budgets for parking enforcement, police, and the city attorney’s office—but nearly a quarter of the People’s Budget would go to “reimagined community safety.”

“We were outraged when we saw a budget that cut virtually every other city department, including the ones most needed right now in the midst of the pandemic and the economic fallout—while actually increasing funding to LAPD,” said Dr. Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A. told LAist. BLM-LA is among the organizations backing the People’s Budget project, along with Los Angeles Community Action Network, Ground Game L.A., Sunrise Movement, and numerous other local groups.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents police officers, disagreed with the idea that the LAPD budget was outsized. “These groups have failed again to make their case, to convince voters or a majority of their local elected officials that their worldview is the right one,” a representative of the group emailed LAist. “Cutting the police department will put our community at greater risk but sure makes for a good headline.”

While activists are suggesting Angelenos contact City Council President Nury Martinez and Budget and Finance Committee Chair Paul Krekorian to call for an emergency council meeting to discuss the mayor’s budget proposal, that meeting would likely have to take place today, and no public statement has yet been released to indicate that such a meeting will be called. By protocols established in the city charter, if the council does not act by the deadline, the mayor’s proposal will automatically be considered adopted. The full City Council will formally vote on the budget by June 30; California law establishes a final budget must be approved by the last day of the current fiscal year. Given the current pandemic and economic uncertainty, however, City Hall has already acknowledged that the F.Y. 2020-21 budget will be treated as something of a working document, open to a lot of revision.

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A Complete Guide to a Full Month of (Virtual) Pride Events

Pride Month has rolled around again, and instead of gearing up for parades and parties, most people are still hunkering down as the pandemic continues to take a toll on Los Angeles. But there’s still plenty of queer fun to be had, if you know where to look.

Go Global …

The international organization InterPride is collaborating with the European Pride Organizers Association for Global Pride, a 24-hour livestreamed celebration with speeches, musical performances, and contributions from various regional Pride festivals. June 27, globalpride2020.org.

Or Keep It Local

Every year West Hollywood’s Arts Division organizes the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which runs from Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June. This year the event kicked off with a staged reading of Dear Harvey on Harvey Milk Day, and will continue with a variety of online programs, including Pride Poets weekly open mics (Fridays, 6-8 p.m.), the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Pride Playreading Festival (June 20 & 21, 4 p.m.), a panel discussion with the owners of Circus of Books and transsexual activist Buck Angel (June 30, 6 p.m.), and more. May 22-June 30, weho.org/pride.

Shake It Off

Lez Croix have been organizing alternative, queer-inclusive parties marking Pride weekend since 2017, and this year they’ll be continuing that tradition—virtually. On June 12 at 8 p.m., they’re throwing an online dance party called Mask/Femme Friday, and on June 14 at 2 p.m., they’re hosting the We Are Essential Sunday soiree. The events will have guest DJs, a contest, and more interactive Zoom experiences. @lezcroix on Instagram and Facebook.

Hit the Pubs

Condé Nast’s LGBTQ brand, them, will feature some of its favorite performers, artists, and activists in Out Now Live, a virtual pride festival broadcast over the publication’s social media channels. The fest will include performances, uplifting speeches and messages, storytelling, and more. June 22, @them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Feed Your Appetite

The new cookbook Tasty Pride (available in hardcover and on Kindle) features 75 recipes and stories from those in the queer community, including Queer Eye favorite Antoni Porowski and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Out now from Penguin Random House.

Go to Your Zoom

Get ready to turn your living room into a dance floor. Two of L.A.’s hottest events are teaming to throw a Zoom blowout called GAY ASS DIVORCE on June 13. Gay Asstrology will supply the dance-pop music, while Bar Franca’s DIVORCE Party, hosted by DJ Couples Therapy, will add ’90s hip-hop and R&B to the mix. It’ll kick off with a happy hour at 7 p.m. before turning into a dance party until 10 p.m.—or later. @divorce_partyla and @gayasstrology on Instagram.

Get Kinky

Dominatrix Mistress Justine Cross is putting together Los Angeles Kink Pride online. The week is jam-packed with activities, including BDSM classes, a leather social hosted by the local queer play party Deviant (June 6, 8 p.m.), a kinky QTBIPOC dance party (June 11, 8 p.m.), a guided meditation to get in touch with your proclivities (June 13, 11:30 a.m.), and more. June 6-June 14; LAKinkPride.com.

Get in the Pink

Tune in to the inaugural edition of PinkNews’s online festival Pride for All to watch panel discussions, music sessions, drag tutorials, and Q&As with LGBTQ notables. June 4-7, pinknews.co.uk

Story Time

While local drag queens have had to stop holding Drag Queen Story Hours at public libraries, the fabulous readings are still happening online several times a week with queens like Elecktra, Flame, and Panda Dulce. Facebook.com/dragqueenstoryhour.

Kick It Up

Adidas’s annual Pride shoe collection features six silhouettes inspired by the rainbow flag. Priced from $30 to $180, the sneakers and slides will help you keep it colorful even though you can’t strut your stuff at the parade. adidas.com.

Jump the Q

ProjectQ Community Center, a queer-run non-profit that provides free workshops and gender-affirming haircuts to homeless LGBTQ+ youth, is hosting a PRIDE Membership Drive with two weeks of virtual programming. They’ll broadcast a variety of workshops and panels on Instagram, including a live Q&A with queer astrologer Chani Nicholas (June 8, 3 p.m.) and a gardening workshop with La Loba Loca, a queer doula and herbalist (June 17, 11.a.m.). June 7-20; @project_q_ on Instagram.

Go Gaga

Calling all Little Monsters—Precinct, Redline, and San Francisco’s the Stud are jointly hosting GaGaThon, a fundraiser celebrating the release of Lady Gaga’s new album. The event will livestream on Twitch and feature performers all night long, including RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Nina West, and Ongina. June 11, 7 p.m.; twitch.tv/dragalive.

Grab the Mic

June is the one year anniversary of Open Dyke Night, a monthly lesbian/queer piano bar and karaoke night, which first started at Tramp Stamp Granny’s in Hollywood. To celebrate, they’re having a special Zoom Pride Edition on June 16. @opendykenight on Instagram.

Embrace That Quar Life

Queer dance party Club Quarantine has been livestreaming every single night of the quarantine, with a star-studded roster of guest DJs from Charli XCX to Big Freedia. While they can’t spill the beans on their Pride plans just yet, they have something extra special in the works, and Club Q visitors can expect high-energy parties with celebrity guests and international performers all month long. @clubquarantine on Instagram.

Meet the Pod People

For the past three years, Tobin Low and Kathy Tu have captured the hearts of the queer community on their podcast Nancy. They recently announced that WNYC Studios hasn’t renewed the show for another season, so the final episode will drop on June 29. Get your tissues ready, because this send-off might be a tearjerker. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play.

Celebrate the Big 5-0

This year is the 50th anniversary of the L.A. Pride Parade and Festival, organized by the non-profit Christopher Street West (CSW). To commemorate the milestone, CSW is planning a full schedule of initiatives to be hosted on various online platforms through 2021. See lapride.org for updates.

Go from Zero to Queero

Silver Lake’s Akbar is honoring its queer heroes through a virtual Queeroes series. Throughout Pride week, the staff will each post a daily “Queero” on Instagram and Facebook and explain what makes that person special. @akbarsilverlake on Instagram and Facebook

On the Drag

Iconic WeHo institution the Abbey will have a weekly Pride drag show every Monday at 8.p.m. on Facebook Live, in addition to other Pride surprises in store. The Abbey is also encouraging its community to share their favorite Abbey moments with #AbbeyPride to use in an online showcase of videos and photos from Prides past. facebook.com/abbeyweho.

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Peaceful Protests and Looting in Santa Monica as Anger Over Injustice Continues

Around 150 protesters met at the corner of Ocean and Montana in Santa Monica Sunday at noon to decry the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and law enforcement’s history of violence against black people. In front of Palisades Park and the beachfront—just recently reopened to the public after the two-month stay-at-home order—the mostly young crowd carried signs that read “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter.” Drivers honked their horns in support as they passed by, and locals on foot gave protesters a thumbs up.

That group eventually made its way to Santa Monica Pier, as a different scene developed at Santa Monica Place, where looters entered stores and made off with sporting goods, clothes, and other items. Three police officers stood guard at entrance to the Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Boulevard and Third Street, and no pedestrians or potential shoppers were allowed to pass through, except for people picking up food at a nearby Chipotle, where they were watched by another police officer. The mall had just opened for business again the day before, on Saturday, May 30.

As the day wore on, the looting spread. Upscale second-hand designer store Wasteland, between Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona, which had been boarded up with a mural that read “After the Plague Comes the Renaissance,” had its doors beaten down, and hundreds of looters were observed live on MSNBC grabbing as many designer and vintage goods as they could. Observers stood by, taking video of the surreal scene on their iPhones.

REI sporting goods on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 4th had its windows and doors smashed in, and looters were seen leaving with bicycles, skateboards, and surfboards. Retail owners who hadn’t yet been hit were outside stores, boarding them up as quickly as possible.

Early in the day, police didn’t seem particularly eager to engage with looters, and there appeared to be little violence. But some in L.A. have criticized a lack of police response to commercial property damage. Aaron Landy, a resident of the Fairfax neighborhood, which was affected by looting on Saturday night, told the Los Angeles Times that he recalled wondering, “Where are the police? They’re nowhere. There’s not a policeman in sight. It’s just like a free-for-all. It was just shocking. I was outraged.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti has also chimed in to admonish people who engaged in “destruction and looting,” saying, “They have not just caused chaos and damage. They are hijacking a moment and a movement.”

MSNBC interviewed Mozza owner Nancy Silverton outside of Mozza2Go on Sunday afternoon, after the restaurant was damaged on Saturday night on live television. Apparently, the people who entered mostly grabbed wine. Silverton told the reporter, “I just survived COVID-19 and now I’m a riot-looting survivor.” Sunday also saw looting in downtown Long Beach and San Diego.

Despite the focus on destruction of commercial property, much of the protesting that’s taken place since last week in Los Angeles has been peaceful. On Saturday, Black Lives Matter held an hours-long rally in Pan Pacific Park without incident, and a peaceful procession of protesters subsequently made its way across large swaths of the city. The deployment of large numbers of police officers and civilian National Guard soldiers has ramped up tensions in areas where demonstrations are taking place, as was the case in Fairfax on Saturday.

On Sunday, Santa Monica imposed a curfew for 4 p.m. to last through 5:30 a.m. Monday. As of 6 a.m., helicopters could still be heard hovering above the city and National Guard troops are standing vigil outside stores. According to Santa Monica PD, 400 people were ultimately arrested, most of them from outside the city.

RELATED: Inside Saturday’s Protests, from Pan-Pacific Park to Beverly Hills

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In DTLA, Young Protesters Flouted Curfew but Tried to Keep the Peace on Sunday Night

Downtown Los Angeles saw another day of protests on Sunday following the arrival of the National Guard. Hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall in a largely peaceful demonstration to air grievances over police violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd and to call for greater accountability for police conduct. As the hours ticked past a 6 p.m. curfew, demonstrators marched away from City Hall and through downtown, taking police on an hourlong chase through the Jewelry District and the Historic Core, down to Skid Row. Police made multiple arrests by the end of the night.

There were multiple protests throughout the city yesterday, including in Echo Park, Santa Monica, and Long Beach. Santa Monica saw looting around the Santa Monica Place mall, just blocks away from peaceful protesters. By the end of the day, Santa Monica Police arrested more than 400 people, Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud said in a press conference.

“Sunday was one of the most distressing days in Santa Monica history,” Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown said in a statement.

Protesters at City Hall seemed aware of the state of things, self-policing to ensure that the situation didn’t get out of hand.

“We’ve gotta remain peaceful, we cannot give them a reason to escalate violence,” one protester who appeared in charge yelled out, warning that the National Guard were armed with live ammunition.

“They kill us and they deport us! Fuck you!” a Latinx protester who identified himself as Alex yelled at the police on the other side of a cordon. As Alex began to push on the cordon, other protesters pulled him back.

“That’s not what we’re here for, man,” one said.

“Don’t get them a reason,” a young woman called out.

“All my family’s gone!” Alex wailed before breaking down in tears. Protesters surrounded him and consoled him, holding him and expressing solidarity.

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Tension began to build after the 6 p.m. curfew. Over half of the crowd left, leaving just a few hundred who continued protesting. Without megaphones or a clear leader, the attention of the crowd turned entirely on the police and guardsmen. A police captain issued an order to turn on body cameras, but both the officers and guardsmen remained in place with stoic demeanors. Protesters pleaded with law enforcement to take a knee in solidarity with them, a gesture popularized by football player Colin Kaepernick, but none did.

Within an hour, the crowd left the steps of City Hall and took to the streets of downtown. As protesters stalled traffic, cars honked horns and neighbors yelled out of windows in support. Store owners and security guards watched nervously as the throng passed shops and apartment complexes. A small number of protesters spray painted various phrases on buildings and surfaces like “Fuck 12,” “ACAB,” and “Killer Cops!”

The marchers zig-zagged their way onto Broadway and then onto Main Street, where police set up a scrimmage line. A stick of fireworks flew toward the police along with a few bottles. Police answered with a few rounds of rubber bullets, sending protesters fleeing onto Los Angeles Street. This scene played out many more times as police blockades pushed protesters down into Skid Row, past shelters, tents, and their nonplussed occupants.

Soon, the unit of marchers fragmented as police followed more quickly on their trail. Sheltering with friends in an alley, a young woman with blond highlights tried to figure out what to do next.

“Is that it?” she asked.

“You can keep on protesting, but…,” her friend answered before trailing off.

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Daily Brief: For Some, the Weekend’s Protests Harken Back to 1992

» For many, the weekend’s protests have recalled 1992. What lessons from the Rodney King era can be applied to today? [The Washington Post]

» People who joined the protests in L.A. on what motivated them to participate. “Sometimes peaceful is not enough,” one young person told reporters. [Los Angeles Times]

» Donald Trump threatened Americans with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” for engaging in protests. He also tweeted a phrase linked to police suppression of Black people in the South in the 1960s. [ABC News]

» Journalists covering protests reported being targeted with tear gas, rubber bullets, and arrests. “I’ve covered protests involving police in Ferguson, Mo., Baton Rouge, La., Dallas and Los Angeles. I’ve covered the U.S. military in war zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan,” wrote Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske. “I have never been fired at by police until tonight.” [Vanity Fair]

» “Have some moral courage and stop worrying about your reputation and your brand,” CNN presenter Don Lemon said, addressing his rich and famous friends. Lemon accused an unnamed group of powerful people of sitting by silently rather than addressing injustice. [Vulture]

» Insecure actor Kendrick Sampson was among those shot with rubber bullets by LAPD. During an Instagram Live stream, he was hit four times with the projectiles, drawing blood from his face, and struck by an officer carrying a baton.  [The Hollywood Reporter]


» Protests Began Peacefully in Pan-Pacific Park Before Tensions Mounted Images from protests in L.A. 

» Netflix Has Officially Purchased the Historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood The company would operate the historic cinema in collaboration with American Cinematheque

» Protesters Met by Multitudes of Police in Downtown L.A. on Saturday Night Walls of LAPD officers boxed in and arrested protesters (and at least one journalist) after the previous night’s uprising caused damage in DTLA


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These Organizations Are Accepting Donations to Support Protesters in L.A. and Nationwide

In recent days, thousands of Angelenos have taken to the street in demonstrations expressing anger at police brutality. If you are wondering how to support protesters with financial contributions to the anti-brutality movement, several verified organizations are accepting donations.


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