» The L.A. County Sheriffs Department has yet to explain why deputies pursued and killed 18-year-old Andres Guardado. Sheriff Villanueva has said only that his department is “still gathering evidence” about the Thursday evening shooting in Gardena. [Los Angeles Times]
» Protesters demanding answers in Guardado’s death clashed with deputies outside the Compton sheriff’s station on Sunday evening. Authorities reportedly used what appeared to be tear gas to disperse one group of protesters, warning from a helicopter, “We don’t want to see your children hurt.” [Los Angeles Times]
» The police officer who killed Daniel Hernandez is the daughter of the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. It’s believed that LAPD officer Toni McBride has already been allowed to resume her patrols; a deadly force investigation into the incident may take up to a year. [Spectrum News 1]
» Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff has rescinded his endorsement of Jackie Lacey’s reelection bid. “We have a responsibility to make profound changes to end systemic racism and reform criminal justice,” Schiff tweeted. [Los Angeles Times]
» TikTok teens and K-Pop stans may have contributed to the weak turnout at Trump’s Tulsa rally. Thousands of clever culture-jammers around the world coordinated to reserve free tickets to the event, giving the campaign false hope about how big a crowd to expect. [The New York Times]
» Indigenous activists pulled down a statue of Junipero Serra from Olvera Street. The missionary is associated for many with colonialism and the oppression of the Tongva and other native peoples in California and Mexico. [LAist]
» Around 150 workers hired by a seafood canning corporation are being held under “forced quarantine” without pay in a hotel near LAX, according to a lawsuit. Mostly migrant laborers from Southern California and Mexico, they signed up for seasonal work in Alaska, and were told they would receive transportation to the work site. Instead, they were put into crowded rooms on June 10, had their room keys deactivated, and have been told not to leave. [KTLA]
» Justin Bieber is denying accusations of sexual assault and says he plans to “take legal action.” The pop star claims he has documentation that discredits the accusations, which surfaced on Twitter over the weekend. [Billboard]
TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG
» Black Students Are Underwhelmed with USC’s and UCLA’s Response to the Current Movement “Actions speak louder than words,” one student says. ”And it’s just been a lot of words for me”
» Movie and TV Extras Are Worried COVID Guidelines Will Kill Their Careers As producers promote scripts without crowd scenes, background actors and their agents are being left out in the cold
» DA Candidate George Gascón Issues a Strong Rebuke to L.A.’s Police Union ”It’s time to recognize police unions as the obstacles to change that they are,” says the man running to unseat Jackie Lacey
ONE MORE THING
They Held on Through the Pandemic, and Now L.A.’s Black-Owned Bookstores Are Thriving
Black booksellers across the nation are scrambling to keep up with a sudden influx of sales, sparked by the national outrage over the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of law enforcement. Antiracist reading lists have circulated extensively on social media as a starting point for white Americans to examine their own guilt and complicity. Books like Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be an Antiracist and Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility are flying off the shelves.
At the same time, a newfound awareness of the importance of buying from Black-owned businesses is spreading, and many folks, reluctant to contribute another dollar to Jeff Bezos’s $152 billion fortune, are turning to Black-owned bookstores to help check off the titles on their racial justice syllabi.
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