Update 10: 30 p.m.: At a press conference Monday night, LAPD Chief Michel Moore initially put equal blame on protesters for George Floyd’s death as the Minneapolis officers involved in the killing. It was followed by an apology from the chief later during the press conference, who said he “misspoke.”
The responsibility for George Floyd’s death rests solely with the police officers involved. Chief Moore regrets the words he chose this evening and has clarified them.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) June 2, 2020
Update 4:30 p.m.: Curfew for L.A County starts at 6 p.m.; the alert for 5 p.m. was an error.
Update: 4:15 p.m.: In order to circumvent laws preventing the domestic use of the military for law enforcement, President Trump said he may invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act. The last time the rarely used power was invoked was during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.
Update 4:10 p.m.: President Donald Trump spoke on the nationwide protests today, saying he will mobilizing military resources throughout the country to stamp down unrest as cities.
Claiming that the country is “gripped by professional anarchists,” Trump declared, “These are not acts of peaceful protests, these are acts of domestic terror.”.
BREAKING: "If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Pres. Trump threatens. https://t.co/qsh4oVd1Bv pic.twitter.com/7yZJXvsLEd
— ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2020
Update 3:35 p.m.: With less than 90 minutes notice, L.A. County notified residents that the curfew would begin at 5 p.m., instead of 6 p.m. If a city has a later curfew start time, the county mandate supersedes any local curfews.
Update 1:05 p.m.: Neighboring Riverside County will be under curfew 6 p.m.-6 a.m. tonight.
The County of Riverside proclaimed a local emergency and set a countywide curfew tonight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The order was signed today and applies to all cities and unincorporated areas.
— Riverside County Now (@RivCoNow) June 1, 2020
Update 12:43 p.m.: Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that all of L.A. County will be under curfew from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. for the second consecutive night. The LAPD tweeted any violators would be subject to arrest.
.@LacoSheriff Alex Villanueva, & The Chair of @LACountyBOS, @kathrynbarger, have EXTENDED the Countywide curfew for all @CountyofLA in response to civil disturbances. It is effective today, 06-01-2020, starting at 6:00 PM, till 6:00 AM 06-02-2020. Visit https://t.co/SbCqaEwROE pic.twitter.com/FBtOfTBcH8
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) June 1, 2020
CURFEW: A city-wide curfew will again be in place again tonight from 6:00pm tonight until 6:00am Tuesday. All residents must stay home, indoors and off the streets.
Violators will be subject to arrest.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) June 1, 2020
After a weekend of mass protests, incidents of looting and vandalism, and altercations with police, cities such as Santa Monica, Long Beach and Beverly Hills have instituted double curfews for Monday.
🔸Proactively imposing a citywide curfew
🔸Increasing staffing levels
🔸Requesting mutual aid
— City of Long Beach (@LongBeachCity) June 1, 2020
Additionally, the California State Department of Human Resources asked all government buildings to close statewide.
Los Angeles’ organized protests in response the killing of George Floyd and police brutality were largely peaceful gatherings, but battles with the LAPD and vandalism of businesses broke out.
Curfews were set citywide in Los Angeles Saturday, then escalating to countywide Sunday.
During the curfews, anyone not home was subject to arrest, with Mayor Eric Garcetti saying law enforcement would use that time to attempt to stop looting and property damage.
Many Angelenos as well as activists have chafed under these curfews. “Universal curfews and the deployment of armed National Guard in Los Angeles are the wrong way to handle disruptions in otherwise peaceful protests. Curfews that bar all presence in public are far broader than necessary to address problems at protests and sweep in necessary activities like providing care to others at a time people’s resources are already strained by the pandemic and stay-at-home orders,” said ACLU of Southern California executive director Hector Villagra.
We will keep the post updated with further announcements.