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Morning Briefing: A Father’s Day Reckoning

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This Father’s Day was bittersweet for some L.A. families, as they reeled from recent violence or reckoned with a society that has foisted violence upon them.

At a march on Sunday to protest the recent death of his 18-year-old son at the hands of an L.A. Sheriff’s deputy, Christopher Guardado thanked protesters in Spanish and English, adding that he couldn’t say much more because, “I’m feeling really bad to talk, you know?”

The day before, a group of Black fathers marched through Crenshaw in support of Black Lives Matter. Rondell Eskridge, a youth pastor and father to an eight-month-old son, told Josie Huang he was there to create a better future.

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"It's my job as a father to provide and to protect my son, and what do you do when you cannot do that?” he said. “You feel hopeless as a man, right? So that's why we're out here."

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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The Past 48 Hours In LA

Protests In L.A.: It was another weekend of protests in L.A. — Venice, Inglewood, Los Feliz, Compton and many more. Black dads held a Father’s Day march through Crenshaw in support of Black Lives Matter, and to push for a better future for their sons.

The Monuments Are Coming Down: A group of Native/Indigenous activists tore down the Olvera Street statue of Father Junipero Serra, who founded the California mission system with the goal of converting Native people "at all costs."

#JusticeForAndresGuardado: The family of Andres Guardado, who was killed by a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy last week while working as a security guard at an auto body shop, is demanding an investigation. Dozens of people marched three miles to the Compton sheriff's station to protest Guardado’s killing.

Coronavirus Updates: L.A. County released new COVID-19 numbers today; 11 new deaths, 1,784 new cases. Small business owners are doing their best to enforce rules requiring masks but sometimes it gets awkward.

Neon, Fireworks And The Salton Sea: The iconic neon sign from the Silver Lake Circus of Books is being restored and preserved by the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale. It marks the first LBGTQ piece of history in the collection. It's officially summer in L.A. and the fireworks are going offfff. If you were close enough to the Coachella Valley to get a strong whiff of rotten eggs, we can tell you why: the Salton Sea.

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Photo Of The Day

Anthony Lee Pittman, an artist from Compton, marches down Compton Blvd. with an American Flag he painted during the march for Andres Guardado.

(Brian Feinzimer for LAist)

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