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Today's LA Protests: When, Where And What We Know

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Protestors in Hollywood, June 2, 2020. Giuliana Mayo/LAist

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June 2 marks the seventh day of protests against police brutality in L.A., sparked by anger over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer — and over the historic police mistreatment of people of color, here and across the country.

On Monday, about 1,000 protesters marched in Westwood, Hollywood and West Hollywood, downtown, Van Nuys, Anaheim, West Covina and Long Beach. You can read full details about that here.

The protests were largely peaceful across L.A. County today, aside from some reports of police shooting rubber bullets at protestors in Hollywood.

Here's the rundown:

HANCOCK PARK

Several hundred protestors rallied in front of the Mayor Garcetti's official residence in Hancock Park this afternoon.

LAist reporters Libby Denkmann and Mike Roe were on the ground. They said the protestors were peacefully demanding #CareNotCops and a #PeoplesBudget.

"Organizers with @BLMLA kept this action under wraps all day. They held a training nearby to emphasize peaceful methods of resistance," Denkmann said on Twitter.

Read more about this protest here.

(Mike Roe)

MANHATTAN BEACH

A large protest went down at the Manhattan Beach Pier today, with protestors marching along the Strand from Hermosa Beach. It appeared to be peaceful, with very little police presence.

HOLLYWOOD

Protestors stared marching through Hollywood at noon today. The protest was promoted by rapper YG, who posted about it on his Instagram story but later said he would not personally be in attendance, according to ABC7.

At 2:40 p.m. multiple protestors on social media said that police started shooting tear-gass and rubber bullets at the crowds on Hollywood Boulevard.

Read more about today's Hollywood protests here.

YG posted this to his Instagram story at approx. 2:50 pm:

Screenshot from YG's Instagram

DOWNTOWN

The march was originally organized by The Baptist Ministers Conference for clergy, to "support the family of George Floyd and uplift his life." It started at 10 a.m.

"This is a symbol of unity. We will raise the value of black life. Please come or pray," organizers wrote in a Facebook post.

Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Southern CA, spoke to KPCC this afternoon. He said 300-400 clergy participated in the march, which was supposed to end at LAPD Headquarters. Hundreds more joined, however. The reverend estimated there are about 1,000 participants. Here's what he had to say about his reasons for joining the movement:

"The message that we really wanted to send was simply 'stop killing us.' We deserve to live. We deserve to have a good life. And because of all of the looting and different things that've been happening around the city, that has seemingly taken the message away from George Floyd."

At 2:27 p.m. Mayor Eric Garcetti took a knee, to show solidarity with protestors. National Guard members also took a knee.

Rev. Tullos said he appreciated the gesture:

"Not only did he take a knee at the rally, he invited those [from] the organizing committee to come and have a brief meeting with him. And he listened to many of our concerns, one being about the city's [proposed] budget."

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Curfews: A Threat To Democracy Or A Necessary Law Enforcement Tool?

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Protestors near Sunset and Vine on June 2. ( Emily Elena Dugdale/LAist)

Across Southern California, officials have imposed curfews in response to the protests over the killing of George Floyd.

But do curfews work?

Experts say it’s hard to tell, because we don’t have a lot of experience with them.

"It's actually an extremely aggressive strategy that you don't often see in democratic nations," said Jennifer Earl, a University of Arizona expert on how police handle protests.

Cities and counties across Southern California are under curfews spurred by massive protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. But a number of experts who study policing say there's not a lot of evidence to show curfews actually reduce unrest.

One of the reasons for that uncertainty is that historically, we've had very few.

"It's actually an extremely aggressive strategy that you don't often see in democratic nations," said Jennifer Earl, an University of Arizona expert on how police handle protests.

Police have been arresting even peaceful protestors for curfew violations because "we can only protect people and their First Amendment rights for so long, because we're draining resources from other things," said Craig Lally, president of the union that represents rank-and-file LAPD officers.

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Everyone's Imposing Curfews. But Do They Work?

DA Jackie Lacey: 'I'm Angry Over The Murder Of George Floyd'

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People protest the death of George Floyd in the Fairfax District on Saturday. (Josie Huang/LAist)

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is facing sharp criticism from protesters, who say she's done little to hold abusive LAPD officers accountable for their actions.

Today on KPCC's newsroom's public affairs show, AirTalk, Lacey told host Larry Mantle that charging a police officer with a crime is difficult, but demonstrators are right to raise the issue:

"I'm angry over the murder of George Floyd. I'm angry about the fact that so many African American men have been murdered at the hands of police. And I'm doing the absolute best job I can as a human being."

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Mayor Garcetti Says He Is Listening To His 'African American Brothers And Sisters,' But Makes No Promises About City Budget

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti delivers the 2020 State of the City speech. Screenshot of livestream

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke at 6 p.m. to give updates on the protests against police brutality.

The subject of today's briefing was to speak about "Los Angeles’ efforts to keep the public safe."

Watch above or see highlights below.

PROTESTS

The mayor repeatedly pointed out tonight that he went to the protests downtown today and kneeled in support of the protesters.

"I'm the mayor," he said, "so I know some people would be happy to see me, and others might be upset at this moment, and need to yell at me. And both of those things happened. That's part of what you do as a leader."

He continued:

"I left the protests in the street. After taking a knee, after praying and after addressing the crowd... and I joined Reverend Tulloss, who's the president of the Baptist ministers conference... they were as demanding about justice as everyone in America should be right now."

Tonight's speech and the mayor's act of solidarity this afternoon, comes after Garcetti has been heavily criticised by Black Lives Matter Los Angeles for his proposed budget.

Here's what Dr. Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter had to say about it:

"We were outraged when we saw a budget that cut virtually every other city department, including the ones most needed right now in the midst of the pandemic and the economic fallout — while actually increasing funding to LAPD."

As Garcetti speaks, hundreds of protestors gathered at his residence in Hancock Park to voice their opposition to his budget.

In response to a question about whether or not protestors have the wrong impression of him, the mayor said "Oh, I never worry about people's impressions. I can only share my heart. I've shared my heart tonight."

In response to a question about his thoughts on LAPD's use of rubber bullets and batons on protestors, Garcetti said, "I think that we've seen less of any of those tactics and I hope that we can see the most minimal, if not zero, of those tactics."

The mayor also defended LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who was criticized for his comments equating looting with murder. Moore swiftly walked the comments back and later issued a formal apology. "When I heard him say what he said, I knew that he did not mean that, and I know that he corrected it right away," Garcetti said.

GIVING THE STAGE TO A BLACK TEENAGER

Garcetti said he wanted to "do something different" today and give a young man that he met a chance to "tell his story." He introduced Davion Pilgrim, a 16-year-old from Morningside High School who had this to say:

"I was recently stopped by the police officers and racially and criminally profiled. I was accused of being associated with a gang. I thought that really hurt, because that's not me. I am a God-fearing young black man, I'm an athlete...I love God...I had a conversation with the mayor today that was hopeful. We want to make sure that what happens to George Floyd does not ever happen again to someone that looks like me. Losing our lives to police officers is one of the biggest fears that we have in South L.A."

He continued:

"This is a hard moment. But the good news is that there is still time for unity. And while I think we should keep protesting and demand change, there is no need to loot and tear things down."

The mayor followed this speech by saying that he is listening to black voices. After going to the protests, he said, he "listened to folks on [his] own team."

"I listened to a powerful young black man who said that it's tough to even work in government right now," he said, adding that all non-black people in L.A. should make an effort to listen right now.

"To my fellow Angelenos, to my African American brothers and sisters who live in this city, I want to say, I hear you. And I hear that this isn't just about the criminal justice system. This is about also our society, and where we put our resources."

THE BUDGET

The mayor hinted that he may be thinking about amending his budget, but did not make any promises. Here's what he said:

"Our budget, which is a moral document, needs to keep people safe and protected. But the best way for people to be safe and protected -- and I hear you on the street loud and clear -- is not just by throwing dollars always into police departments, but also into youth programs and into educational opportunities and into trauma-based recovery for people who carry trauma.

"I don't have announcements tonight. But I want you to know that I've been having these conversations, for the last two or three days. I'm having them with my fellow elected officials, I'm having them with community leaders, I'm having them with young people who are demanding that I and we collectively do better."

He added that he wants to make sure we can see the difference between protestors and people who are looting:

"We will go after folks who break into businesses. We will go after people who are looting, or worse, causing violence against demonstrators or to peace officers, but let's put that here, and not let that dominate what this moment, and this movement is about."

CURFEW

In response to a question about the necessity and legality of a fourth night of mandatory curfews, Garcetti said "I need to protect all Angelenos, I need to protect protesters. I need to protect our police officers. And we saw dangerous, dangerous situations that almost resulted in death. And I won't let that happen."

The mayor added that he "looks forward to the day" when we can get rid of the curfew, the National Guard and the police officers wearing helmets.

The mayor also criticised the national response to the protests:

"It's also the responsibility I think at the national level, for there to be some leadership to bring this moment to a calmer place."

He said he does not plan to extend curfew for the rest of the week, but instead plans to take things day-by-day.

NATIONAL GUARD

The mayor said there are currently 1,000 National Guard troops on the streets of Los Angeles. He did not want to say where they are being housed. He added that he is not allowing them to go to South Los Angeles because "we haven't seen any looting going on there."

"They are in the places where we saw either buildings that were already broken into that need to be secured, so they can stand there to protect our small business owners from losing everything, or in neighborhoods where there is the threat of that," he said. "But they're deployed from West L.A. to Central Los Angeles to here downtown. And I believe there's some in the valley tonight as well."

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Protesters Demonstrate Outside LA Mayor's Official Residence

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Protestors gather outside Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti's house, in the Hancock Park neighborhood, on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Libby Denkman/LAist)

An estimated 2,000 peaceful protesters set up this afternoon outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's official residence in Hancock Park. Led by Black Lives Matter-LA, speakers and demonstrators demanded justice for black people killed by police and a major funding reduction for LAPD.

The event was highly organized. Over 100 demonstrators sat down in front of a line of LAPD officers, making room for speakers in front of Garcetti’s house.

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Teaching L.A.’s Kids To ‘Freedom Dream’

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The Powell kids: Joah, 9, Jordan , 5, and JJ, 10. Parents: Tunette and Jason. (Courtesy Tunette Powell)

At the start of the coronavirus we offered advice on how to talk to your littlest kids about the pandemic.

Now there are more crises to talk about — and experts and parents I talked to say it’s important to put what’s happening in the world right now into context and help kids feel safe and hopeful.

For the past month, Tunette Powell has been encouraging her boys to imagine their futures.

Her five-year-old son Jordan sees himself at 25 running marathons in Mexico, driving a Lamborghini with two English bulldogs named Cody and Dody.

His nine-year-old brother, Joah, wants to be a wrestler. He imagines a world with “water. It has love. It has a lot of things. It’s so good to live here. I love how we have all sorts of animals, my favorite dog and lizards.”

JJ, 11, imagines “being able to break out of a shell, not just going under someone else’s commands.”

Thea Monyeé is an artist, healer and licensed marriage and family therapist. She also hosts the podcast, Dem Black Mamas, and says parents can share their own feelings with kids, even if they’re complicated.

“I can hold joy in my body for when I see protesters kneeling together in silence with their fists up in the air. That brings me great joy,” Monyeé said. “And I can also hold sadness for a business owner whose property was damaged.”

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Many Angry Calls for LAPD Chief’s Ouster At LA Police Commission

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LAPD officers confront protestors at a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission has turned into a forum for the airing of public anger over the LAPD’s handling of the protests following the death of George Floyd, with many calling for the firing or resignation of Police Chief Michel Moore.

More than 500 people signed up to provide public comment to the online meeting. The commissioners and Moore have been sitting silently as one person after another excoriates his department for what they describe as its heavy-handed response to peaceful demonstrations, particularly its liberal use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

Lillian Walker said she had been at a peaceful protest on Saturday at Pan Pacific Park in L.A., and had been talking with some police officers to try to calm things down. She said:

“After that happened ... your police officers continued to shoot at us [with rubber bullets] who were peacefully protesting and trying to use our first amendment right to do so."

David Spencer said the LAPD's behavior had radicalized him.

"You have shown your true colors," he said. "I am terrified of the LAPD right now.”

Moore defended his department's tactics, saying it was responding to escalating violence, "including assaults on officers, arson" and "widespread looting." He vowed to investigate every complaint of police misconduct.

A number of those calling for the chief’s ouster also pointed to his remarks on Monday about looters, in which he said Floyd’s death “is on [looters’] hands, as much as it is those officers” who killed him.

Moore quickly apologized for his comments, acknowledging in a statement late Monday night that his words “were terribly offensive. Looting is wrong, but it is not the equivalent of murder and I did not mean to equate the two. I deeply regret and humbly apologize for my characterization.”

At a briefing later in the day, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the apology was sufficient. "If I believed for a moment that the chief believed that in his heart, he would no longer be the chief," he said.

Garcetti also said he has directed the LAPD to minimize the use of rubber bullets and batons, and, "if we can, to not use them at all."

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June 3, 8:40 a.m.: This story was updated to include Chief Moore's and Mayor Garcetti's remarks, and to correct the location of Pan Pacific Park.

LA County Curfew Starts At 6 PM Tuesday — Here's What We Know About Today's Curfews

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Armed National Guard soldiers patrol on Hollywood Boulevard, June 1, 2020 in Los Angeles as peaceful protests and looting continue in L.A. County. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

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As peaceful protests and civil unrest continue into Day 7 following the death of George Floyd, another round of curfews instituted by Los Angeles County officials and individual cities follows.

Here’s what we know about where mandatory curfews are continuing Tuesday, June 2, and into Wednesday.

L.A. COUNTY (AND CITY)

An L.A. County curfew has been issued starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, until 6 a.m. Wednesday. This is the third consecutive night of a countywide curfew, which the county says is to protect public safety. The City of Los Angeles but out their own curfew order, matching the county's.

The curfew doen't apply to people voting in special elections Tuesday in Commerce, as well as for El Rancho Schools in Pico Rivera.

The full list of who the curfew doesn't apply to, via the county:

In addition to voters and poll workers being exempt, the countywide curfew does not apply to the following: peace officers; firefighters; National Guard or other military personnel deployed to the area; emergency medical services personnel; individuals traveling to and from work; individuals working on a public work of improvement construction project; credentialed media representatives involved in news gathering; people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter; and individuals seeking medical treatment.

As a reminder, while county officials have announced a countywide curfew, any cities with their own orders that begin before that still apply.

Glendale put out its own alert (after accidentally sending a message about its curfew to the whole county on Monday), just to note that the L.A. County curfew applies to Glendale. They did not issue a stricter curfew today.

BEVERLY HILLS

City officials announced a single citywide curfew in effect from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

BURBANK

As it did Monday night, Burbank's curfew is an hour earlier than the county's, starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 6 p.m. Wednesday. A city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until next Tuesday, June 9.

"The curfew will continue until the curfew is lifted through another Order," the city said in a statement.

CULVER CITY

Culver City's Tuesday curfew is in effect starting at 4 p.m., until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Their announcement notes that the curfew is due to the local emergency declared by the city, with a threat to public health and safety due to "widespread violence."

"We continue to support the peaceful protest of the tragic death of George Floyd," the city said in a statement.

Culver CityBus service is cancelled starting at 8 p.m, but you can call the bus service at (310) 253-6500 if you need a ride home after that time.

Businesses are encouraged to allow employees to leave early so they can comply with the order. The Culver City Farmer's Market is also cancelled today.

They note that the homeless are exempt from the curfew (as they are in other local areas).

SANTA MONICA

Santa Monica announced a citywide curfew starting at 2 p.m., in effect until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus is scheduled to run a regular weekday scheduled, but they note that buses may be detoured and/or delayed in areas where there are protests/demonstrations.

WEST HOLLYWOOD

West Hollywood has issued a curfew starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday until sunrise Wednesday. (Sunrise is at 5:42 a.m. Wednesday.)

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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Read LAPD Chief Michel Moore's Apology: 'Looting Is Wrong, But It Is Not The Equivalent Of Murder'

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LAPD Chief Michel Moore speaks at a live streamed news conference with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday. (Screenshot from Mayor of Los Angeles Facebook page)

Appearing at a news conference Monday night with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Michel Moore made this statement:

"We didn't have protests last night. We had criminal acts. We didn't have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd. We had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands, as much as it is those officers."

He quickly walked back his statement, in part, saying that he regretted the "characterization" of his remarks. Moore went on to say said he will not apologize to those who are out committing violence and "destroying lives and livelihoods."

Then at 11 p.m. Monday, Moore issued this statement:

During a press conference earlier today, I misspoke when making a statement about those engaging in violent acts following the murder of Mr. George Floyd.

While I did immediately correct myself, I recognize that my initial words were terribly offensive. Looting is wrong, but it is not the equivalent of murder and I did not mean to equate the two. I deeply regret and humbly apologize for my characterization.

Let me be clear: the police officers involved were responsible for the death of Mr. George Floyd.

An important note: While protests in Los Angeles were sparked by the killing of Floyd last Monday in Minneapolis, protesters on L.A.'s streets have cited a long history of police brutality — specifically issues with the LAPD and other local law enforcement agencies — in their protests of institutional racism.

Organizers of the protests are specifically upset about the level of funding for the LAPD, which has been exempted by Garcetti from deep budget cuts necessary due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Morning Briefing: KPCC/LAist Reporters Experience Violence While Covering Protests

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KPCC/LAist reporters Chava Sanchez and Adolfo Guzman-Lopez were both injured while reporting on the anti-racism protests over the weekend. Chava was tear-gassed by police in the Fairfax District, and Adolfo was hit in the throat with a rubber bullet by an officer in Long Beach.

Both are on the mend, but the incidents – along with a host of other physical attacks on journalists – signal a disturbing comfort among law enforcement to disregard freedoms of the press.

Adolfo described what happened to him in the moments after he interviewed a protester:

"I heard a pop and I felt something [at] the bottom of my throat and I saw something bounced onto the ground, and then I ran … [Police are] trying to stop people committing violent acts or that sort of thing. I was doing none of that... and I was nowhere near anybody engaged in any kind of, taking, stealing or whatever.”

And here’s Chava on the moment when officers fired tear gas canisters into what he described as a peaceful crowd, many with their hands up:

"One of the canisters landed right near me and it just started blowing. I couldn't see. I had to put my camera down."

In addition to Adolfo and Chava’s experiences, KPCC/LAist reporters Emily Guerin and Josie Huang, in separate instances, had weapons aimed at them by law enforcement officers while covering the weekend’s protests.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, June 2

Many businesses have postponed reopening because of the unrest in recent days. David Wagner explores what goes into their calculation whether to reopen, and where the postponement leaves them financially.

There doesn’t appear to be much research on whether government-enforced curfews are productive, reports Emily Elena Dugdale. But some experts worry that, in communities of color, curfews will encourage the kind of aggressive policing that gave rise to unrest in the first place.

Mariana Dale gets tips from L.A. parenting experts and parents themselves on how they're coping with current events and holding conversations with their children about race, injustice, etc.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A. Protests: The use of tear gas may be escalating the spread of COVID-19 at rallies. Here’s what we know about mandatory curfews going into June 2. Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke in support of protesters, but said there will be accountability for both police and members of the public who commit violence. Long Beach officials responded to veteran reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez being hit in the throat with a rubber bullet.

Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 56,017 coronavirus cases and 2,386 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 114,732 cases and 4,218 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 6.2 million cases and over 375,000 deaths.

The 2020 Census: L.A.'s Department of Public Health hit the brakes on the Census Bureau's plan to send enumerators back out into communities.

Flying This Summer: After you flash your ID and pull liquids out of your carry-on baggage at LAX this summer, you might be asked to reveal your body temperature as well.

The Pandemic-Police Brutality Link: L.A. County's public health director drew a direct line from the longstanding inequities resulting in people of color dying at higher rates from COVID-19, to the police killings that sparked the current protests.

Things To Do This Week: Here's how to support L.A.'s Black-owned restaurants. Catch virtual art show openings, watch Darren Criss spoof the world of songwriting, listen to celeb storytellers and more in this week’s quarantine-approved events.

First Person: Austin Cross writes, as a Black man in America: "For so long, I wanted, needed, to think that there was something I could do to be safe in the world. There wasn't. There never was, really."

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