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Listen To Students Describe Their Experiences Organizing, Protesting

People protest the death of George Floyd in Pan Pacific Park, May 30, 2020 (Josie Huang/LAist)

Students speak out about injustice, but their voices are often not heard in media coverage of demonstrations or protests.

We wanted to amplify their voices and work.

Meet Brooklyn. She’s currently a junior – almost a senior – at Crenshaw High. She’s also a youth leader with South Central Youth Empowered Thru Action.

"It just makes me feel so sad that our generation - my generation, the younger generation - has to step in and use our voices to talk about the problem," Brooklyn told me in an interview.

"I can’t even say I want us to sit down and have the conversation because it feels too late to have a conversation. There’s no time to talk anymore. It’s time for actions. It's time for them to make changes."


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Mayor Garcetti Defends Himself From Criticism On Both Sides

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defended himself today from criticism on both sides: from protesters and activists who say the mayor has defended LAPD officers, despite their agressive tactics on peaceful demonstrators; and from the LAPD union, which said the mayor has not defended or supported them enough.

During his late afternoon briefing, the mayor said that when he praises police officers as heroes, people on one side think he is making "an excuse for bad behavior." On the other hand, he said, when he speaks about holding LAPD officers accountable for racism, people hear that as "an attack on our police department."

"But it's not," he said, adding that he sees common ground between the two groups, although "maybe it's just me, because I get attacked from all sides."


Speaking to protesters tonight, Garcetti said that "harsh police tactics" seen in several viral videos shared on social media, which show LAPD officers using batons and rubber bullets on demonstrators, "have no place in the City of Angels."

He promised to hold those police officers accountable, saying the Police Commission's Inspector General is reviewing the footage "and will ensure a full investigation of the incidents depicting excessive uses of force, which can lead to officer removal or dismissal, or discipline."

The mayor added that "every incident has a larger context" and that some are misunderstanding his words and intentions when he speaks about police.

He also said that more work needs to be done to end racism in Los Angeles and make it a more equitable city.

"Somebody said it so well to me the other day: There are a lot more people woke, but now it's time to get out of bed," Garcetti said.

The mayor said he has overseen the development of a historically diverse police force that "reflects our community, but we need to make sure it still does," asking that "young African American men and women" join the LAPD. "I need people growing up in Los Angeles, whatever color you are, who know your neighborhoods, to join our force as well, like so many officers we have who know the blocks and know the peace."

The mayor said he definitely does not support protesters calling police officers "pigs" or "bastards":

"That is wrong and I will say that that is wrong. And I know I will get criticism from the other direction. But I've seen too much of the heroism of our men and women — as I said in this press conference — to not tell those stories. But I also will hold anybody who is a public employee working for taxpayers accountable, and I don't have to choose between those two things."


Garcetti said he "won't ever stop lifting up the heroic stories of police officers on our streets," despite receiving criticism from protesters and progressives who are upset by his defense of LAPD tactics.

He also said he empathizes with police officers who he says make sacrifices to keep Angelenos safe:

"I know that every police officer who bears the burden of our collective failures, feels in her or his heart too. Our failures to deal with mental health and addiction, our failure to invest in our schools, even when we've had opportunities ... the officers have to confront that every single day, and that should not be your burden. It shouldn't be your responsibility to bear alone. It's stressful and it's traumatic."

Garcetti said his announcement earlier this week to identify $250 million to redistribute from multiple departments, including the LAPD, into comunities of color, is "not an attack on any police officers."

In response to a question about whether or not he regrets using the word "killers" in relation to police officers, the mayor said that he would not take his statement back and will not have his words be "distorted and picked out with tweezers and put out of context." (The LAPD union severly criticized Garcetti about his comments.)

The mayor said he was not referring to LAPD officers.

"When I talked about killers, I said .... we collectively have a choice of whether we will be those who heal, or whether we will continue being the killers," he explained. "That is what I said. And I absolutely did not say that about the League of Police Officers and I won't have those words distorted."


Garcetti reminded listeners not to forget that we're still in the midst of a pandemic. "Please do your part to make sure that this moment, doesn't bring with it a second wave or a tragic moment of us losing lives," he said.

Because more people are getting food and grocery delivery, Garcetti announced that he has signed the city council ordinance to cap delivery app comission fees at 15%.

"Some of the delivery app companies have been charging excessive fees to restaurants and making it harder for them to survive, just when we want to help them get up on their feet," he said. "I hope that this will help pay for more cooks and waiters and ... more jobs, and help more restaurants to see that they can survive this moment."

The mayor added that the county's COVID-19 transmission rate actually increased this week for the first time in a while. He said this week has also been more deadly than the previous one, with 281 deaths, compared to 245 last week.

"Before, we'd seen that coming down each week," he said. "This is the first week it's gone back up. I'll say it again: COVID is still here — and it is still deadly."

Garcetti asked that protesters wear masks and maintain social distance at demonstrations.


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Lawsuit Alleges LAPD Unlawfully Detained Thousands

People arrested by LAPD officers board an L.A. Metro bus amid protests downtown in L.A. on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Frank Stoltze/LAist)

Black Lives Matter filed a class action lawsuit late Friday, alleging the Los Angeles Police Department over the past week unlawfully detained more than 2,600 people who were engaged in peaceful protests, and engaged in "excessive force with batons and rubber bullets, and prolonged handcuffing and improper conditions of confinement."

The other plaintiffs include the Skid Row activist group Los Angeles Community Action Network and a group of individuals. One man included in the lawsuit, referred to only as "Cincinatti," is a homeless person who uses a wheelchair and was allegedly hit by a rubber bullet fired by the LAPD in downtown, according to the lawsuit.

“Cincinnati is disabled and in a wheelchair. He pleaded with police not to use force on him before being shot in the face,” the lawsuit states.

Anothger plaintiff, Weston Rowland, attended the large protest in Pan Pacific Park last Saturday.

"Rowland heard no orders from the officers other than 'back up,'" the lawsuit states. "In a very short time, the officers opened fire with less lethal weapons aiming directly at the demonstrators and striking many in the upper body."

In another example noted in the lawsuit, Linus Shentu and friends were sitting in his parked car during a Hollywood protest when officers detained him and drove him to a makeshift police processing center in Van Nuys, the lawsuit states. Shentu allegedly “experienced numbness, bruising and soreness from the handcuffing and the forced removal from their vehicle.”

The lawsuit named the City of Los Angeles and LAPD Chief Michel Moore. Representatives of the city and chief were not immediately available for comment. Moore has largely defended his officers’ actions during the protests but promised a full investigation into the various incidents that occurred.

In an interview with KPCC’s Airtalk Friday, Moore said he would only release body cam footage of the protests to individuals who claimed they were victims of police abuse.


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Hollywood Can Resume Production Soon, But Will It Happen?

Gov. Newsom says Hollywood can resume production as soon as June 12, but L.A. County will give the final green light.

He's hardly a director, but Gov. Gavin Newsom has said the word Hollywood has been waiting to hear: Action!

Newsom, through the California Department of Public Health, announced late Friday that film and television production can restart as soon as June 12. But rather than give a blanket green light to every show and movie poised to get cameras rolling, the governor's instructions included several caveats, some of which may present problems for work in Los Angeles County.

The resumption of production is "subject to approval by county public health officers," Newsom said, adding that crews must obey "safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers."

The governor previously said that even if parts of the state are slowly reopening, Los Angeles County, with new confirmed coronavirus cases still topping 1,000 a day, would likely trail other counties in completely restarting.


Hollywood Gets Green Light From Newsom, But Hurdles Remain

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FilmWeek: Our Reviews Of ‘Shirley,’ ‘Spelling The Dream,’ ‘Dykes, Camera, Action!’ And More Movies You Can Stream From Home

Michael Stuhlberg and Elisabeth Moss in "Shirley" (Thatcher Keats/NEON)

Every week Larry Mantle, who also hosts our newsroom's longtime public affairs show AirTalk, and spends an hour talking about new films with KPCC film critics.

This week, Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein join Larry to review this weekend’s new movie releases and share some of their recommendations:


Here’s Tim’s review:

“What’s great about this movie is just the pace of it, and the acting, particularly of Elisabeth Moss, who is just endlessly wonderful in everyting she does. But also young Odessa Young and Logan Lerman -- very, very good in this movie. You can count on Michael Stuhlberg, all the time. But just a very, very creepy film, and in a certain way, a horror film of its own.”

"Spelling the Dream"

  • Available on Netflix

Lael says:

“The characters in the film are so unique that you just sort of fall in love with them... what’s fascinating is not just the portraits of the families that are presented but the discussion of why and how becoming adept at spelling is sort of endemic to the Indian-American population because of their mastery of a multiplicity of languages from a very young age in their homeland.”

"Dykes, Camera, Action!"

Here’s what Tim had to say:

“Sometimes we forget that as gay cinema rose in the culture, we mostly associated it with men... and very often with the AIDS crisis. The cinema gay women were making was quite different at the time, and this film explores that. Really interesting documentary.”

“You Don’t Nomi”

  • Available on VOD starting Wednesday, June 9 (iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play & FandangoNOW)

Here’s an excerpt from Lael’s review:

“Most people have that reaction to ‘Showgirls,’ it’s sort of a horrifying joke that you can’t look away from, and that’s really the premise of ‘You Don’t Nomi.’ It does a remarkable thing, which is it takes ‘Showgirls,’ which was a joke and became one of the biggest flops of all time...and it sort of reconsiders it. It says it may be, possibly, a misunderstood masterpiece, but it also may be a masterpiece because of its disaster status, in a way.”

Listen above to hear more in-depth reviews of these films and more:


  • Tim Cogshell is also film critic for Alt-Film Guide and; he tweets @CinemaInMind
  • Lael Loewenstein is also film columnist for the Santa Monica Daily Press; she tweets @LAELLO


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Alliance Of Lawyers Offering Pro Bono Legal Help To Arrested Protesters

Attorneys Humberto Guizar (L) and Austin Dove (R) have formed the 'Protesters Defense Alliance' to offer pro bono legal services to arrested protesters. (Robert Garrova/LAist)

A group of lawyers calling themselves the Protesters Defense Alliance marched to District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s downtown office Friday to demand that cases against protesters be dismissed.

They’re also offering pro bono legal services for people who’ve been arrested while exercising their First Amendment rights. The alliance says, so far, it’s amassed a group of about 50 lawyers for their cause.

“There was bedlam going on out there and there are people that were swept up in droves,” said attorney Austin Dove, speaking outside LAPD Headquarters Friday. “Many of them have not had a fair process,” said Dove, adding, “It is a frightful moment.”

According to the LAPD, about 3,000 people have been arrested during the protests — most for failing to disperse or for curfew violations.

Organizers with the Protesters Defense Alliance say they don’t believe arrested demonstrators should have any charges sitting on their record.

“We want to give them justice by using our skills to defend them” said Humberto Guizar, one of the organizing attorneys. “Because they stood up for George Floyd when he was unjustly killed.”

They’ve set up a hotline — (877) 71-JUSTICE — and website where demonstrators can get in touch.

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LA Police Union: We're Concerned About Mayor Garcetti's Mental Health

Jamie McBride, the outspoken leader of Los Angeles Police Protective League, LAPPL, the union that represents LAPD officers, comments on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a news conference Friday, June 5, 2020. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

The head of the union representing Los Angeles police officers criticized the mayor in stark terms today over his proposed budget cuts, and for what appeared to be an about-face from praising officers' actions in his press conferences to calling them "killers" yesterday at a primarily African American church.

Speaking at the First AME Church in L.A. yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti defended $250 million in proposed budget cuts, from multiple departments including LAPD, by saying "either we say we are going to be, who we want to be, or we're going to continue being the killers that we are."

For context, First AME is is the oldest church founded by African Americans in Los Angeles.

Jamie McBride, the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, responded in a press conference live-streamed via Facebook, where he had this to say:

"We are honestly concerned about his [Garcetti's] mental health, and I think that he should seek some help, and maybe have someone to talk to, a counselor or something, and reflect on some of his decisions, reflect on his ability to lead the city and keep the citizens safe."

McBride said the cuts will result in slower 911 response times and generally make the community less safe.


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'Racism Is A Public Health Issue': LA County Highlights Disproportionate Coronavirus Deaths In Communities Of Color


Los Angeles County officials reported 1,445 new confirmed cases of coronavirus today, bringing the total to at least 61,045 cases countywide. In total, 2,160 cases have been reported in Long Beach and 968 in Pasadena (those two cities operate their own health departments).

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer also reported 36 new deaths of COVID-19 patients. The total number of deaths countywide now stands at 2,565 people.

Of the 36 people who’ve died in the past 24 hours, 25 were over 65 and, of those victims, 22 had underlying health conditions, Ferrer said. Nine victims were between 41 and 65 and six of them had underlying health conditions. One victim was between 18 and 40 and had underlying health conditions.

So far, 94% of those who have died had underlying health conditions, Ferrer said.


Ferrer provided a racial breakdown of the confirmed deaths, based on information for 2,373 of the victims. The data was presented both as an overall percentage and by rates per 100,000 residents in each ethnic group. The latter highlights the disproportionate number of deaths experienced in communities of color.

  • 31 (per 100,000) - African American
  • 30 - Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 29 - Latino/Latina
  • 21 - Asian
  • 15 - White

Ferrer also shared county health data that looked at excess deaths in the county by race, ethnicity and income. The data showed that "if the death rate for all groups were the same as it is for white residents who have the lowest death rate, we would have 754 fewer deaths," she said.

Looking at communities by income levels, Ferrer said that if the death rate was the same countywide as it is in communities with little poverty, 981 fewer people would have died in communities with higher levels of poverty. Ferrer added:

"The very real impact of the injustices plays out every day with the news I share with you, and amplifies why racism is a public health issue. The disproportionately higher number of deaths from COVID-19 among black and brown people is an indication of the impact of racism and discrimination on health and well-being."

Dr. Christina Ghaly, who oversees the county's Department of Health Services, reiterated that the disporportionate death rates are not a mystery: "...this is due to the long standing structural and systemic racism that is apparent in multiple aspects of our society," she said.

More than 80% of the county's COVID-19 patients have self-identified as people of color, she added.


L.A. County residents were able to "flatten the curve" and lower the effective transmission rate of COVID-19 after several weeks of stay-at-home orders. But the rate of transmission appears to be trending slightly up in recent days, health officials said today. According to Ghaly:

"If transmission has indeed increased, then the model predicts that we will have a continued increase in hospital patient volume over the next two to four weeks, and we would anticipate beginning to see that change happen over the coming one to two weeks."

Ghaly said county health care workers should have enough ventilators to handle that potentially increased volume, but said the amount of ICU beds "may become inadequate in two to four weeks," based on the current estimates.


Ferrer also mentioned the large crowds that have gathered throughout the region to protest against police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

There was obviously not a lot of social distancing happening at those demonstrations — and some experts told us earlier this week that police tactics against protesters could lead to more COVID-19 cases.

Ferrer said anyone who believes they may have been exposed from any large gatherings should get tested, but suggested waiting and isolating for two weeks before doing so. She explained:

"... if you do get tested right away after you think you've had an exposure exposure, you're likely to test negative, because your viral load will be too low to be detected yet on a test... After you've been exposed does not mean that you can't become infected later during the incubation period. So we ask — even if you tested and were negative — you still need to remain away from others for 14 days after you've had your exposure."

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Disaster Relief For Immigrants Not Enough For All Who Need It

Many undocumented immigrants do not qualify for unemployment. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The state of California and philanthropies are close to meeting a $125 million goal to help immigrants who are struggling through the pandemic but don't qualify for unemployment.

The demand far surpasses the funds available however, and accessing the relief fund has been challenging.

Two weeks in, the phone lines are still jammed at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of LA, or CHIRLA, one of a dozen organizations designated to take applications from immigrants in their respective communities.


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Friday's LA Protests: When, Where And What We Know, June 5

A protesters holds up a placard past City Hall during a march to protest the death of George Floyd under police custody, in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 3, 2020. Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Protests are continuing for the 10th day in Los Angeles, where thousands are gathering to take a stand against systemic racism and the many recent police killings of black Americans, including George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Here's what we know about where and when things are happening today. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

SOUTH L.A., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Western Ave between Florence and Manchester

Over 500 people signed up to clean the streets of South L.A. as a form of protest today.

Diamond Jones, who organized the event, said that she picked this location because of the number of black business in the neighborhood. She said she and others wanted to beautify the streets as away of showing support, especially for those who might not feel like marching or other forms of protest are right for them at the moment.

"Everyday I see how my community was affected by the 1965 and Rodney king riots and how we still have yet to recover," she wrote on Instagram. "Instead of protesting and walking I wanted to protest and clean. We will be cleaning Western ave from Florence to Manchester."

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Protestors are sitting and marching on the sand between the Santa Monica and Venice Beach piers. Announcement here.



Protestors will meet at Northridge Park (18300 Lemarsh St.). Poster here.


Organized by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Black Lives Matter. Posters here.


This is a "peaceful protest against police injustice" organized by Santa Monica High School Alumni Against Injustice. Poster here.

BEVERLY HILLS, 12 p.m. La Peer Drive and Wilshire

Reported by the city via Twitter; they described it as peaceful.


The SCV Sheriff's Department said they are looking at a protest at Valencia Blvd/ McBean area today. They did not specify what time.

MORE PROTESTS THAT L.A. COUNTY IS AWARE OF (Note: They sent us this list, we have not independently confirmed)

  • Vigil for Breonna Taylor's Birthday, Alondra Golf Course, 16400 Prairie Ave., Lawndale, 9a.m.- 12 p.m.

  • #BlackLivesMatter Protest, Hollywood and Vine, 11 a.m.

  • Peaceful Protest to Defund the Palos Verdes Police Dept., 340 Palos Verdes Dr. West, Palos Verdes Estates, 11 a.m.

  • Walk A Mile In Our Shoes, Cahuilla Park, 1717 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, 3 p.m.

  • Anti-Police Brutality Protest, Harvey Milk Promenade Park, 185 E 3rd St, Long Beach, 5 p.m.

  • Honor the Lives that Rose from Concrete, Hall of Justice, 211 West Temple St, Los Angeles, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

  • Gather to Honor Breonna Taylor's Birthday, Bruce's Beach Park, 2600 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, 3 p.m.

  • Protest for Justice and Demand Change, Main St. and Imperial Hwy, El Segundo, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Racial Healing March, 312 Azusa St, Los Angeles, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Peaceful Protest against Police Violence, LAPD West Valley Police Station, 19020 Vanowen St., Los Angeles, 12 p.m.- 2 p.m.

  • Black Lives Matter: 100% Peaceful Protest, Downey City Hall, 11111 Brookshire Ave., Downey, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

  • Peaceful Demonstration Honoring George Floyd, Towne Ave. and Arrow Hwy, Pomona, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Call to Action at CSULB,7th Street and W. Campus Drive, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Liberty for Our Heritage, 18600 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.

  • Healthcare Workers in Support of BLM, Olive View-UCLA, 14445 Olive View Dr., Sylmar, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Healthcare Workers in Support of BLM, Harbor UCLA, 1000 W. Carson St., Torrance, 12 p.m. - Not Stated

  • #GeorgeFloydProtest, LASD Lakewood Station, 5130 Clark Ave., Lakewood, 12p p.m.- Not Stated

  • SCV Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest: San Dimas, San Dimas City Hall, 245 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

  • Norwalk BLM Peaceful Protest, Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd, 12 p.m.- Not Stated

  • La Mirada Park Protest, La Mirada Park, 13701 S. Adelfa Dr., La Mirada., 12 p.m.- Not Stated

  • Say Her Name Breonna Taylor, Laugh Factory, Sunset Blvd and N. Laurel Ave, Los Angeles, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • SGV Justice for Floyd, La Puente City Hall, 15900 Main St, La Puente, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Black Lives Matter Protest, Congressman Mike Garcia's Office, 1008 West Ave M14, Palmdale, 1 p.m. - Not Stated


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Newsom Calls To End Police Strangleholds, Standardize Law Enforcement Response To Protests


Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke about making changes to how law enforcement interacts with protesters, other issues of racial justice, and more in his Friday press conference. You can read highlights below or watch the full news conference above.


Newsom said that he was inspired by images of peaceful protests, and asserted the rights of peaceful protesters.

"Protesters have the right not to be harassed," Newsom said. "Protesters have the right to protest peacefully. Protesters have the right to do so without being arrested, gassed, or shot at by projectiles."

Some are being denied those rights, Newsom said. While the California Highway Patrol and the National Guard have standards over how force is used to protect the peace. However, local municipalities have different approaches, and those need to be standardized, Newsom said.

The governor said he was immediately directing police officer training to end the training of the "carotid hold," aka a stranglehold. He also said he would support and sign a law that has just been introduced in the Legislature by Assemblymember Mike Gipson to end that practice in California.

Newsom said that the state will work with journalists, advocates, and law enforcement to standardize how the state engages with protesters. That effort will be led by civil rights advocate Lateefah Simon and former director of President Obama's 21st century policing task force Ron Davis; they both spoke at the governor's news conference.


The governor cited counties' attestation plans, in response to a question about a potential surge in coronavirus due to recent protests. Newsom said that the state has been working on preparing its capacity as the state reopens and faces an expected rise in coronavirus cases.

Guidelines on how to reopen nail salons are coming soon, and "many more" guidelines for how to reopen different sectors of the economy are coming this afternoon, Newsom said. It will then be up to counties to decide when to reopen those sectors.


The governor promised not to take the $4.4 billion in the state budget away from school concentration funding for black and brown communities, former foster youths, low-income, and ESL students. If the Legislature tries to do so, he said he won't budge on that proposal, Newsom said.


Newsom shared the story of a young woman with one lung who he worked alongside as he scrubbed graffiti off a building with members of the public. The governor noted that he flew down to Southern California and visited South L.A. with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and others, speaking with people in the community.

"The black community does not need to change. We need to change," Newsom said.

He noted that institutions need to change. The governor talked about racial disparities in the criminal justice system, as well as the civil rights reasons behind legalizing marijuana in California. Newsom cited work that the state has done on criminal justice, including a moratorium on the death penalty.

"One thing we know about our criminal justice system: it's not blind. It discriminates based on the color of your skin, it discriminates based on wealth," Newsom said. "We have a criminal justice system that treats people that are rich and guilty a hell of a lot better than it treats people that are poor and innocent. You know that, and I know that."

The state's conversation can't just be about criminal justice, Newsom said — it must also include social justice, economic justice, and environmental justice.

The governor said that we can't go back to normalcy after this moment.

Newsom spoke Friday from the the California Museum in Sacramento, which he noted was also the home of the California Hall of Fame.Newsom noted that he'd recently had a chance to speak with Rev. James Lawson at the museum, who brought Gandhi's nonviolent tactics back and brought them to the attention of Martin Luther King Jr.

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In Cases Where Police Use Force On Protestors, LAPD Won't Release Bodycam Footage To The Public

Protesters and LAPD officers clash near and Fairfax and 3rd. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore said not all police officers who have been deployed to recent protests have been wearing bodycams and in cases where force was used, that footage would likely not be released to the public.

"There's a total of 7,000 devices that are available and we have 10,000 people that work the organization," so not all officers wear bodycams, Moore told AirTalk host Larry Mantle on Friday morning.

Moore went on to say, "Traditionally and historically, we have not released all body-worn videos on arrests and on all encounters with the public. That's investigative material."

Moore said he would "commit to transparency" with the Inspector General and other investigators who have a "lawful and legitimate purpose for reviewing that video." He also said, "Individuals that were the subject of the force will have access as well to that body-worn video."

However, he did not commit to releasing that video to the public.

Several videos circulating on social media depict LAPD officers using what many people believe is a disproportionate amount of force — wading into protesters, swinging their batons, firing rubber bullets — against demonstrators.

Here are a few. Note: we have not yet independently investigated or confirmed these videos and/or personal experiences, but they have been widely shared on Twitter and Instagram.

Note: At least one of the above images was taken by Sarah Reingewirtz. It appears someone, somewhere cropped out the watermark on her image before sharing it via Twitter.

"We're investigating each of those instances. We have a number of complaints… I don't have all the facts and circumstances behind each of those depictions. Watching those videos does give me concern," Moore said.

Moore said officers, demonstrators and protesters had rocks and bottles and other items thrown at them and, "These chaotic scenes often involved peaceful demonstrators that were intermixed with violent… individuals that were attempting to injure."

He said the LAPD would look at the "broader context" of each individual incident: "Were officers threatened at the time? Were they involved in declaring an unlawful assembly and attempting to disperse those crowds? And even then, was the force used in those circumstances, appropriate and consistent with our policy?"


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Morning Briefing: Tangible Change

Protesters chanted at police to take a knee with them in front of L.A. City Hall on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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Slowly but surely, some small but tangible changes appear to be coming out of this week’s protests.

After Black Lives Matter L.A. organized “The People’s Budget,” a pushback against Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposal to give $3.1 billion to LAPD for the next fiscal year, the mayor announced that he would consider redistributing some police funds into services for communities of color. A lawsuit was filed against local government-imposed curfews. And thousands of people are still in L.A.’s streets, not backing down in the fight against America’s systemic racism.

As former President Barack Obama said yesterday, we may indeed be experiencing an historic moment of “epic change.” Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, June 5

An analysis of coronavirus data shows that while much of L.A. County was sheltering in place, infections spiked in communities of color, with an especially dramatic spike among Latinos. Elly Yu explains how this happened, and talks to some essential workers who didn’t have the option of safely distancing.

Carla Javier talks to high school students about the lessons they're learning from the many demonstrations and protests happening outside the classroom.

The Magic Castle has faced a backlash on social media after offering their parking lot to the LAPD as a staging area, reports Mike Roe.

Emily Guerin reports on the past 24 hours in Santa Monica: the protests and their aftermath, as well as the ensuing conversations between Santa Monica residents of multiple races who are trying to process what happened and how best to support each other.

Efforts to keep children from falling behind during the COVID-19 pandemic have been massive, expensive and unprecedented. Still, officials — from local school district leaders to Gov. Gavin Newsom — admit these efforts likely won’t be enough to prevent a crisis of “learning loss” in California schools, reports Kyle Stokes. New research tells us just how deep this COVID-19 "slide" could be.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A. Protests: Peaceful demonstrations are underway at City Hall and other locations across L.A. during the ninth day of unrest following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The ACLU and Black Lives Matter L.A. have filed a lawsuit against local political and law enforcement leaders over the legality of curfew orders. Here’s what we know about where mandatory curfews were instituted on Thursday, June 4, going into Friday.

Money Matters: Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed deep cuts to California’s education spending; some lawmakers are pushing back. LAPD Chief Moore says he's "very concerned" about the proposed $150 million in cuts to his budget, but he's willing to look more closely at them.

L.A. Stories: The owner of a Tibetan store who guarded it from damage during the looting in Santa Monica over the weekend decided to throw in the towel and close her business for good.

Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 59,692 coronavirus cases and 2,532 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 122,167 cases and 4,444 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 6.5 million cases and over 388,000 deaths.

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