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WATCH: LA County Sheriff New Conference On Unrest
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and community leaders address unrest.
WATCH: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Addresses Unrest. Curfew From 8 PM to 5:30 AM Now Citywide
In what fellow city leaders called an "extraordinary step," L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said a curfew will be in place in downtown, from 8 p.m. tonight to 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Within a few hours, that order was extended the rest of the city as demonstrations and looting continued in other areas.
Before announcing the downtown curfew in an afternoon address, Garcetti asked everyone on the streets to "take a step back" to allow for peaceful protests to continue once order is restored. He said protestors should "go home" until the violence subsides, citing vandalism and the burning of police cars.
In expanding the curfew citywide. he said he would "always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard — and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of violence or vandalism.”
In a news release, Garcetti said the curfew is intended to protect the safety of peaceful protesters and "the safety of all who live and work in our city.”
Earlier, in a live speech as the fourth day of violent protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis grew more intense, the mayor noted the high price paid in the city of angels for previous destruction during historic moments of civil unrest.
He referenced the police beating of Rodney King and said he believed L.A. had a lot to teach other cities in crisis:
"With liberty comes responsibility, to be able to peacefully, peacefully protest. We cannot, though, protect our ability to protect life when we see people are looting. We cannot protect our ability to protect life when we see fires set in dense urban areas that not only endanger firefighters, but could put buildings or residents up in flames. And we've seen this before in Los Angeles. When the violence escalates, no one wins."
Unlike leaders in many other cities, including Minneapolis, Garcetti said he believes the majority of protesters on L.A.'s streets were from L.A.
"I don't think we have the narrative of other cities that this is coming from other places," he said. "This is all of us. So it's on all of us."
Garcetti said be believed "99%" of the people protesting "are outraged, should be outraged, and are peacefully protesting, exercising their constitutional rights."
He warned that anyone causing mayhem should be "prepared to meet with the law, be prepared to meet the price" and said everyone working for change "should be just as angry at those folks for changing the conversation."
"So everyone has to be responsible for owning this moment," he said, specifying that he meant both protesters and law enforcement officers. "I'm asking all of us to take a step back."
Councilman Curren Price, who represents South L.A., called imposing a curfew an "extraordinary step."
He noted South L.A. had not seen acts of violence, but said he mourned the losses in downtown overnight and the damage being done in mid-city today.
"We can do better than that. We are better than that," Price said. "These are challenging times, these are tough times, frustrating times. But we have to channel that energy... and focus on making things better."
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ICE Detainee Tests Positive For COVID-19 At Adelanto Detention Center
An immigrant detainee at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in San Bernardino County has tested positive for COVID-19.
It’s the first reported case of a detainee at the facility.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the detainee is a 38-year-old national of Belize. ICE said the patient has been quarantined and is receiving care, and that ICE detainees continue to be tested for COVID-19 "in line with CDC guidance."
In court filings, an ICE official said that 15 detainees at the facility had been tested for the virus as of May 14. As of last week, the Adelanto facility held about 1,100 people.
In addition to the detainee who tested positive, the agency said that an ICE employee and a contract employee at the facility have also tested positive for the virus.
LA's Fourth Day Of George Floyd Protests Continues
Los Angeles is into a fourth day of protests over police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man whose arrest in Minneapolis on Monday was captured in a shocking video.
The main protest started at noon in Pan Pacific Park near the Fairfax District. The L.A. chapter of Black Lives Matter posted this message to its Facebook page in preparation:
"It took a nation-wide uprising to get Chauvin arrested for the murder of #GeorgeFloyd. Still 3 more killer cops to be arrested in Minneapolis and hundreds in LA. Still prosecutions and convictions to win. Still police to defund. It's time. See y'all Saturday."
Other protests around the city are happening in the following areas:
- Boyle Heights
- Long Beach
- Santa Clarita
- Baldwin Park
The protests in Long Beach, Baldwin Park and Santa clarity are being organized by members of the Party for Socialism & Liberation. Members are asking for rent and mortgage relief through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Boyle Heights gathering is being organized by members of the Centro Community Organization, who are demanding "the 'mass release; of all prisoners due to the COVID-19 pandemic and justice for the murders of Ahmaud Arbery of Glynn County, Breonna Taylor of Louisville and George Floyd of Minneapolis."
We are following the story with hourly updates here: George Floyd Protests In LA: Anger Over Historic Police Brutality Boils Over As Saturday's Rallies Continue
Takeoff ! SpaceX And NASA's Historic Launch Day
SpaceX today launched two astronauts to the International Space Station, the first mission from U.S. soil in nearly a decade and the first by a private company. The flight was originally set for Wednesday but was scrubbed because of bad weather at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Today’s launch of the Crew Dragon capsule was set for 12:22 p.m. Pacific.
The launch Wednesday was called off shortly before the scheduled takeoff, thanks to tropical storm Bertha, which created "unfavorable weather in the flight path," according to a SpaceX tweet.
The weather was a concern again today but the launch got off on schedule.
The spacecraft will orbit Earth with Hurley and Benhken testing flight capabilities of the spaceship, although it's designed to fly itself and autonomously dock when it reaches the space station.
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LAPD Chief On Friday's Violent Protests: 'I'm Sorry That LA Failed Tonight'
Downtown Los Angeles turned into a roving battle zone Friday night as protests against the Minneapolis killing of George Floyd exploded into violence and looting.
More than 200 people were arrested and six Los Angeles Police Department officers were injured in confrontations that ranged from LAPD headquarters and City Hall to the loft district along Spring Street to the Jewelry District and Figueroa Street.
Drug and jewelry stores were ransacked, as was a Starbucks at the corner of 6th and Spring, along with the Target store at the 7th and Fig marketplace.
Police set up skirmish lines throughout the downtown area and fired non-lethal ammunition as they pushed a crowd out of the area, with some protestors hiding behind vehicles to throw objects at officers.
A KPCC producer who lives downtown says he heard booming and shots fired until about 5:15 a.m. Saturday.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters Friday night:
"I'm sorry that L.A. failed tonight. Our ability to have a demonstration — express our views, our anger, our disgust — unfortunately turned into an unruly situation with officers being injured, property damage occurring."
An officer was put in a chokehold and kicked by some protesters in the Pershing Square area, according to broadcast reports from the scene.
Demonstrators initially gathered at 5 p.m. outside City Hall and marched south on Spring Street, then north on Figueroa Street.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m., a group of about 100 blocked traffic on the northbound 110 Freeway, near the James M. Wood Boulevard exit downtown. They were cleared from the freeway, but later re-entered near Fifth Street.
The LAPD ultimately declared an unlawful assembly over more than three square miles downtown, due to "repeated acts of violence and property damage."
Mayor Eric Garcetti sent a message on Twitter at 10 p.m., calling for calm: "We respect every Angeleno's right to protest, but violence and vandalism hurts all. Let's remember why we march, protect each other, and bring a peaceful end to a painful night."
Several more protests are planned for Saturday throughout Los Angeles County.
Morning Briefing: Inequity On An Indefensible Scale
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As the country protests the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old man killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin earlier this week, Angelenos are grappling with our feelings as well.
On AirTalk yesterday, Cindy from South L.A. said: “I think [the protests are] a visual manifestation of exhaustion of a history of oppression, a history of abuse. And it's just people who have taken too much this entire time, and they no longer want to stay complicit in their own dehumanization.”
In his weekly column on LAist, Erick Galindo wrote: “It's not right and you know it. God, I hope you know it … I hope you see that it is wrong for black men to be killed simply for being black.”
And in his daily press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom became emotional talking about Floyd’s death, and described finding out about the killing from his 10-year-old daughter, who showed him the gruesome video on Tik Tok.
Maybe for a minute, you forgot that all of this is happening in the middle of a global pandemic that is affecting communities of color at disproportionate rates. But it is, and it all adds up to inequity on a gross and indefensible scale. I hope that as the smoke begins to clear, we can see our way into a new kind of future.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
The Past 24 Hours In LA
L.A., California, The World: There are now 51,678 coronavirus cases and 2,294 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 104,402 cases and 3,998 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 5.9 million cases and over 364,000 deaths.
Money Matters: April job numbers for the L.A. region show industries such as book stores and apparel manufacturing have lost more than 60% of jobs compared to last year. Safety net healthcare programs that keep low-income Californians out of nursing homes are on the chopping block. L.A. Metro faces an estimated $1.8 billion shortfall.
First Person: Cypress College graduate Kylie Christensen reflects on virtual commencement ceremonies and the distress she felt spending the last two months away from teachers and friends. Angelenos speak out on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Erick Galindo joins their voices: “This country, man. It just breaks my heart over and over again until all I can do is nothing.”
Entertainment: In what is becoming 2020's rival to New Coke, Google Glass and the Facebook phone, the heavily-funded Quibi is struggling on multiple fronts. Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Claudia Puig and Peter Rainer review this weekend’s new movie releases.
What To Eat: At the King's Roost, Roe Sie is spreading the gospel of heritage grains -- and because of coronavirus, more people are listening.
Reopening California: In L.A. County, dine-in restaurants, barbershops, and hair salons can begin to reopen. County officials won't require inspections before reopening, so restaurants are on an "honor system". No California counties will yet be moving into Phase 4 of reopening, which includes large events such as concerts, sports with live crowds, and conventions.
Your Moment Of Zen
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