LA County And City Lifted Curfew Orders Today. Here's What We Know So Far
Editor’s note: This story is no longer being updated. Los Angeles County has lifted its curfew orders and most other cities have followed.
As protests against racism and police brutality in response to the death of George Floyd enter Day 9, Los Angeles County officials say they do not plan on issuing a countywide curfew tonight, though cities still have the authority to order their own.
Here’s what we know so far about where curfews are and are not for the night of Thursday, June 4, 2020.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Shortly after 9:30 a.m. today, county officials said there are currently no plans for a countywide curfew tonight, but noted that individual cities have the authority to issue their own.
Earlier this morning, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a statement saying his department will stop enforcing a curfew. He cited "current situational awareness and the recent pattern of peaceful actions by protesters" as reasons why.
"Other jurisdictions are free to make their own decisions," he added.
The sheriff's department patrols the unincorporated areas of L.A. County, along with a number of local cities it contracts with.
Last night, the American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter-L.A. filed a lawsuit claiming 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.
All of this comes after widespread confusion about yesterday's curfew in L.A. County.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Following the county annoucement, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will not impose a city curfew tonight.
I have lifted the curfew in the City of Los Angeles. We remain strongly committed to protecting the right of Angelenos to make their voices heard and ensuring the safety of our community.— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) June 4, 2020
Beverly Hills cancelled their curfew at 12:31, as per an announcement on Twitter, which quotes Mayor Friedman: "The protests in our City have remained peaceful over the last several days. We thank our residents & business community for their patience & cooperation as we work to keep our community safe."
This is a reversal of what the city said this morning when officials announced that there would be a citywide curfew tonight, from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. Friday. "The curfew prohibits anyone from being upon public streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks or any public place," city officials said in a press release.
City officials have ordered a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
Santa Clarita is policed by L.A. County sheriff's deputies, and sheriff's department officials told us today that deputies will not be enforcing any curfew orders in any areas they have jurisdiction.
We've been trying to get a simple question answered: does that mean the curfew in Santa Clarita is actually being enforced? Officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station referred us to the department's main public information office, which initially told us no, there would not be enforcement by its deputies there.
But then the local sheriff's office tweeted that they actually would be upholding Santa Clarita's order. A spokesperson from the city later told us the same thing.
We reached LASD headquarters again, and a spokesperson clarified that cities like Santa Clarita, which the department contracts with to provide law enforcement, are exceptions, meaning deputies will be enforcing the city's curfew order.
A few hundred people were taking part in peaceful demonstrations in Santa Clarita today. City spokesperson Carrie Lujan said the city is in unified command with the county sheriff's and fire departments, along with the California Highway Patrol, "to ensure that the protests do stay peaceful and people aren't trying to take advantage of the situaion to riot or loot."
National Guard troops have also been deployed in the city at the request of the sheriff's department. It was not immediately clear what their mission is, but local sheriff's officials said extra resources were brought in because: "we believe in being proactive when it comes to maintaining safety."
City officials said this morning they would follow whatever curfew the county put in place, if one was announced.
Following the county's announcement this morning, the Santa Monica Police Department officials said the city does not plan to issue a curfew for the city Thursday night.
Officials lifted the city's curfew today, following L.A. County's announcement.
City officials said they are not planning to issue curfew orders tonight.
BEYOND L.A. COUNTY
The city of San Bernardino is continuing a standing curfew order, though it will be less restrictive than previous days. The new order is from 8 p.m. to sunrise, city officials said (compared to a 6 p.m. start before).
The city of Upland has institued a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. The order is currently set to last through Monday, June 8, according to city officials.
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