It seems the city of Irvine is taking precautions against looting and rioting, as a social media video shows stores at Irvine Market Place being boarded up Sunday evening.
There was also reports of a large police presence at Irvine Spectrum. Members of the Irvine Spectrum security office declined to comment to Irvine Weekly at the time of this report. As of 9:50 p.m., however, all entrances to the Spectrum appear blocked off.
Irvine Spectrum Closed Off
the irvine and tustin marketplace is being boarded up. we asked security and they said precautions because of riots pic.twitter.com/NAa0XD9AZ7
— A P R I L (@aprillea_) June 1, 2020
As of 8:05 p.m. Sunday, the Irvine Police Department tweeted that it had received “many inquiries” from residents asking about curfew, but there is currently no curfew in place for the city of Irvine.
The Irvine Police Deparment has received many inquiries from residents asking if the City of Irvine is under a curfew tonight. There is no curfew, but we advise everyone to monitor events within and outside Orange County before traveling.
— Irvine Police Department (@IrvinePolice) June 1, 2020
This comes at the end of a nonviolent day for protesters who gathered in front of Irvine City Hall. Of the 100 or so protesters, many who gathered were there to support Black Lives Matter by protesting the death of George Floyd. Floyd died while being detained by Minneapolis police. One officer, since fired, has been charged with third degree murder.
In a Facebook post Sunday evening, Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel expressed his support for the nonviolent protesters while cautioning against violence and vandalism.
“Should more protests take place in Irvine, we will make every effort to protect the First Amendment rights of those who wish to have their voices heard. We will support peaceful protests, as we did today, but we won’t tolerate demonstrators who resort to violence or property destruction,” he wrote.
Mayor Christina Shea also issued an update Sunday night.
Read the community update from Mayor Christina L. Shea regarding the peaceful protest at the Irvine Civic Center in response to the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/9CkljgDKDC
— City of Irvine (@City_of_Irvine) June 1, 2020
Cities across the nation have grappled with how to respond to days of protests and unrest.
After a weekend of largely nonviolent demonstrations, marked at times by looting and clashes, Los Angeles County is under curfew from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Governor Gavin Newsom had previously on Saturday declared a state of emergency in L.A. and approved Mayor Eric Garcetti’s requests for National Guard support.
While Orange County has not seen as much unrest in recent days, Santa Ana and parts of Huntington Beach will be under curfew Sunday night.
Santa Ana residents and protesters are asked to return to their homes for their own safety. A curfew is in effect tonight from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 1. #CityofSantaAna #SantaAna #orangecounty @SantaAnaPD pic.twitter.com/Ps5oNLvvB2
— City of Santa Ana (@CityofSantaAna) June 1, 2020
Tonight at 8pm, the City of Huntington Beach will enact a curfew for specific locations in the city. The curfew will include the area from Yorktown to the Pacific Ocean, and Beach Blvd to Goldenwest. #huntingtonbeach #cityofhuntingtonbeach pic.twitter.com/pe4st6iGdS
— City of Huntington Beach (@CityofHBPIO) June 1, 2020