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Morning Briefing: One Week Of Protests In LA

Protestors gather outside Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti's house, in the Hancock Park neighborhood, on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Mike Roe/LAist)
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L.A.’s protests against the killing of George Floyd began last Wednesday during a scheduled demonstration outside District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office that Black Lives Matter L.A. has been holding weekly for two-and-a-half years.

Yesterday, that demonstration took place again, as it has for so long. The difference? The afternoon’s event was attended by thousands of people, instead of the usual several dozen or so.

Last summer, I spoke to Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A., to discuss the group’s weekly protests.

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“We have always understood that police violence is not just a matter of how police departments and sheriffs behave,” she said, “but there are also other systems that are intertwined, including the district attorneys.”

It seems like the rest of the city is catching on now, too. Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, June 4

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Emily Guerin talks to the owner of a Tibetan store who stood guard during the looting in Santa Monica over the weekend. Nevertheless, she decided to throw in the towel and close her business.

KPCC/LAist reporters will have ongoing coverage of the protests going on around the city.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

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Going Beyond “F The Cops”: We talk to people in various communities around the city to hear how they feel about their relationship with the police. A city council motion seeks up to $150 million in cuts to LAPD to be reinvested in disadvantaged communities.

Metro’s Strange Decision: On Saturday night, L.A. Metro shut down its bus and rail services countywide, and has been using its buses to transport people arrested by police at protests.

L.A. Kids: LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner offered possibilities for how the school district may reopen.

Please Come Back: Former President Barack Obama addressed mayors and county representatives directly, laying out three steps he thinks governments can take to address police brutality and systemic racism.

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Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 58,267 coronavirus cases and 2,489 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 119,347 cases and 4,374 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 6.4 million cases and over 384,000 deaths.

Yes, That Was An Earthquake: A quake measuring greater than magnitude-5 struck east of Ridgecrest around 6:30 p.m. tonight.

And Finally, Here Are Some Mountain Lion Kittens: If you, like us, could use a moment to de-stress, then gaze upon these cute, cranky mountain lion kittens.

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