The National Guard Has Been Deployed to L.A. at Mayor Garcetti’s Request

The mayor says the citizen soldiers are being deployed to ’maintain peace and safety’ in L.A.

As protests against police violence continue across the city, Mayor Eric Garcetti has reportedly requested that the National Guard deploy to Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “the decision came as the situation in the Fairfax District deteriorated, with shops at the Grove, including Nordstrom and the Apple store, vandalized and looted. A small police kiosk in the shopping center was set on fire.”

Garcetti tweeted that the move was made to “support our local response to maintain peace and safety on the streets of our city.” Shortly after 7 p.m., Garcetti declared a citywide curfew to begin at 8 p.m. Almost simultaneously, Metro suspended public transit in the city until 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Other cities in L.A. County—including Glendale, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Pasadena—have also imposed 8 p.m. curfews.

Sources tell the L.A. Times that National Guard will be on the streets of L.A. by midnight. There’s been no word on how many “citizen soldiers” will be deployed to L.A., but upward of 700 soldiers have reportedly been deployed to Minneapolis, where George Floyd died in police custody, leading to days of protest across the country.

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