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Santa Ana Still Has A Curfew
L.A. County lifted its curfew two days ago, but in Orange County, Santa Ana officials are sticking to theirs.
The city announced on Twitter that the curfew will start at 10 tonight and end at 5 a.m. Sunday.
The order exempts those "seeking emergency care, fleeing danger and traveling to and from employment and religious services." It also exempts all law enforcement, fire and medical personnel.
Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter L.A. filed a lawsuit against political and law enforcement leaders, alleging that the curfew orders violate the constitutional protections of free speech and freedom of movement, as well as journalists' ability to report on the protests.
In a statement, Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A., said local political and law enforcement leaders "are attempting to suppress our ability to fully mobilize and focus full attention on the true issue of concern in the protests — police violence against Black people."
LA Galaxy Ends Contract With Aleksandar Katai Over Wife's Social Media Posts
The L.A. Galaxy soccer team has ended its contract with Aleksandar Katai over social media posts made by his wife. The Instagram posts, which have now been deleted, included a call for police to kill protesters.
According to the L.A. Times:
The first post [was] a screenshot from a video of police attempting to drive an SUV through protesters in New York with text, written in Serbian, that translates as “kill the ... !” The second shows what appears to be a looter running away with boxes of Nike shoes below an English-language caption reading “Black Nikes Matter."
The team callled her comments racist and violent in a statement.
A statement from the LA Galaxy on Tea Katai. pic.twitter.com/tfGDMUomIo— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 4, 2020
Katai has condemned his wife’s comments. He played two games for the Galaxy before the pandemic halted the season, but he was expected to be a key player when Major Leage Soccer eventually resumes play.
Tea Katai's Instagram profile is now private.
Simi Valley City Councilman Apologizes For Posting An Anti-Protest Meme
On Monday Simi Valley City Councilman Mike Judge posted a meme of protesters on Facebook with this caption: "Wanna stop the riots? Mobilize the septic tank trucks, put a pressure cannon on 'em, and hose 'em down. The end."
Judge later told CBS News that the meme was a joke: "That's all I wanted to do, was make fun of the mask wearing, but obviously people didn't take it that way. I don't think I did anything wrong, except maybe post a joke that was in bad taste."
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Today's LA Protests: When, Where And What We Know
The anti-police brutality protests continue for an 11th day in Los Angeles. Demonstrators are demanding justice for black Americans killed by police officers, as well as asking officials to defund LAPD.
Here's a list of scheduled protests today:
Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list. Let us know if we missed anything and we will update.
Downtown L.A., Peaceful Protests For Us By Us, 8 a.m., organized
Midcity, Cochran Baptist Church, 1304 S. Cochran Ave., March to Wilshire Police Station, organized by Chochran Avenue Baptists Church Social Justice Minisgtry, 9:30 a.m.
West Hollywood, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., 10:30 a.m.
CalState L.A., King Hall, 10 a.m.
USC, Jefferson Blvd. and McClintock, 10 a.m.
Porter Ranch, Porter Ranch Dr., 11 a.m.
- Campus Rd. and York, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Figueroa and YOrk, 3 p.m.
Century City, 10250 Constellation Ave, 12 p.m.
Koreatown, Liberty Park, 3700 Wilshire Blvd., 12 p.m.
Hollywood, Hollywood and Vine, 12 p.m.
Fairfax, Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd, 12 p.m.
Torrance, 3331 Torrance Blvd., 1 p.m.
Rancho Palos Verdes, Trump National Gold Club, Park on Forrestal Drive across the street from the golf course, 1 p.m.
West L.A., Wilshire Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., 2 p.m.
South L.A., 10700 Budlong Ave., 3 p.m.
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Did I Get It Right? Reporting on Protests, Looting And Clean-Up In Santa Monica
In a 24 hour period — from 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 1 — I reported on protests, looting and clean-up in Santa Monica.
The stakes for getting it right felt incredibly high — media outlets, including KPCC/LAist, have been criticized for focusing too much on property damage and not enough on the systemic racism, inequality and police brutality driving the protests.
I want to let you in on my thought process, how I agonized over how to fairly report on what I was seeing, and how I may have come up short.
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Morning Briefing: Lawsuit Says LAPD Used 'Excessive Force' At Protests
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Marked by a series of events that unfolded yesterday, the legal system is being deployed on behalf of protesters from the week’s demonstrations against racism and police brutality.
A group of lawyers came together to form the Protesters Defense Alliance, offering their services pro bono to folks who have been arrested while demonstrating, and calling for cases against protesters to be dismissed.
And towards the end of the day Friday, Black Lives Matter filed a lawsuit alleging that LAPD unlawfully detained peaceful protesters, engaged in “excessive force,” improperly confined protesters and kept them in handcuffs for too long.
The suit names the City of Los Angeles and LAPD Chief Michel Moore, and includes as a plaintiff a homeless man in a wheelchair who was allegedly struck in the face with a rubber bullet by an LAPD officer in the downtown area.
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. Protests: A group of about 50 lawyers calling themselves the Protesters Defense Alliance is demanding cases against protesters be dismissed, and offering pro bono legal services to arrested protesters.
Policing The Police: LAPD Chief Michael Moore told AirTalk's Larry Mantle that LAPD won't release bodycam footage in cases where police use force on protesters. A lawsuit alleges that LAPD unlawfully detained more than 2,600 peaceful protesters, and engaged in “excessive force … prolonged handcuffing and improper conditions of confinement.” Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would support ending strangleholds by law enforcement, and called for standardization of how officers use force to respond to protesters, and more.
LAPD Takes A Swipe At The Mayor: The director of the LAPD union called the mayor's mental health into question and criticized his leadership during a time of crisis for the city.
Entertain Yourself: Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein join Larry Mantle to review this weekend’s new movie releases and share some of their recommendations, including Shirley, Spelling The Dream, Dykes, Camera, Action! and more. Gov. Newsom says Hollywood can resume production as soon as June 12, but L.A. County may not necessarily be on board with that timeline.
Coronavirus Fallout: The coronavirus pandemic could put thousands of California children measurably behind in school, perhaps for years. Demand for the state relief fund for workers without legal status has been huge.
Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 61,074 coronavirus cases and 2,567 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 125,737 cases and 4,529 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 6.7 million cases and over 394,000 deaths.
First Person: LAist Data Editor Dana Amihere struggles to find peace within her personal divisions -- as a black woman, journalist, and wife of a white man -- following the past few months of police brutality and protests.
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