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.”

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.”.

Trump said he has told every governor in the U.S. to deploy the National Guard heavily enough to control the protest numbers. If a governor refuses, he will send the U.S. military to “quickly solve the problem for them.”

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.

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.

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.

In Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, business districts will be asked to close at 1 p.m., while residents will be asked to stay home after 4 p.m. These curfews will end early Tuesday morning.

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. 

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