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LIST: Several Cities Across Southern California Issue Curfews As George Floyd Protests Continue

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Several Southern California cities have joined other cities across the country that have issued curfews as demonstrations continue to break out in response to the death of George Floyd. For complete coverage of the situation in Minneapolis visit CBSMinnesota.com and stream CBSN Minnesota.  Los Angeles A curfew went into effect across the city of Los Angeles on Saturday at 8 p.m. after four days of protests and unrest. “People in the City of Los Angeles are required to stay indoors tonight, starting at 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter. Beverly Hills A curfew was also issued at 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. for the city of Beverly Hills. “I’m asking everyone to stay at home,” said Mayor Les Friedman. “Thousands of protestors marched through our City streets on Saturday to call attention the devastating circumstances surrounding the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.   While most of the protestors were peaceful and there were no injuries, there were multiple incidents of vandalism in the City. The safety of the Beverly Hills community remains our top priority at all times.”…

Beverly Hills, West Hollywood announce curfews and prepare for protests

Beverly Hills officials have urged residents to stay indoors in preparation for protests, and West Hollywood’s mayor said that city plans to issue a curfew for 8 p.m. through the 5:30 a.m. Beverly Hills is also ordering a curfew. The moves come as violent protests hit the Fairfax District around the Grove, Farmers Market and CBS Television City. Beverly Hills officials urged motorists to avoid the city. Councilwoman Lili Bosse said on her Instagram page that Beverly Hills would also impose a 8 p.m. curfew. Bosse also said the City Council discussed the protests Saturday. “The protests are a result of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week,” she wrote. “I want to remind the Beverly Hills community that we are prepared and here for you during these difficult times. Our police department is prepared and remains committed to providing exceptional service and demonstrating respect to all.” Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Demonstrators decry death of George Floyd in L.A.; unlawful assembly declared in Mid-Wilshire area

A large group of protesters decrying the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis demonstrated in several Los Angeles’ neighborhoods as police declared an unlawful assembly in the Mid-Wilshire area. Saturday’s demonstration followed three days of protests in Los Angeles. A massive demonstration in downtown L.A. on Friday night resulted in hundreds of arrests. After police cars were seen going up in flames in L.A.’s Fairfax District, and businesses were seen being vandalized, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a curfew would be in effect in the downtown L.A. area from 8 p.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The curfew was expanded later in the afternoon to encompass the entire city. The Los Angeles Police Department declared an unlawful assembly about 7 p.m. for the Mid-Wilshire/La Brea area. The affected area was between Melrose Avenue and 6th Street, as well as between La Brea Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard, police said in a written statement. “Business should close. Those on the street are to leave the area immediately,” the statement said. We have declared an unlawful assembly in the Mid-Wilshire area.From Melrose to 6th St and La Cienega…

L.A. imposes overnight curfew for entire city as protests continue over killing of George Floyd

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that there would be a curfew in place throughout the city of Los Angeles starting 8 p.m. Saturday until 5:30 a.m. Sunday as protests against the killing of George Floyd continue. “I’m asking all of Los Angeles to take a deep breath and to step back for a moment to allow our firefighters to put out the flames, to allow our peace officers to reestablish some order,” the mayor said. “And for us to let them protect your rights to be out there for as many days as we need to.” Previously, the curfew was only for the downtown L.A. area between the 110 Freeway on the west, Alameda on the east, and the 10 Freeway on the south, and 101 Freeway on the north. However, the mayor said hours later that it would be extended to the entire city. The curfew, which requires people within the city to stay indoors, is in place for one night and Garcetti said he hopes that will be enough. Those traveling to and from work and those seeking or giving emergency care…

Across U.S., protests over George Floyd killing heat up in several major cities

Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black men grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides as the country lurched toward another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns. The protests, which began in Minneapolis following Floyd’s death Monday after a police officer pressed a knee on his neck for more than eight minutes, have left parts of the city a grid of broken windows, burned-out buildings and ransacked stores. The unrest has since become a national phenomenon as protesters decry years of deaths at police hands. The large crowds involved, with many people not wearing masks or social distancing, raised concerns among health experts about the potential for helping spread the coronavirus pandemic at a time when overall deaths are on the decline nationwide and much of the country is in the process of reopening society and the economy. After a tumultuous Friday night, racially diverse crowds took to the streets again for mostly peaceful demonstrations in dozens of cities from…

Protesters Come to Rodeo Drive

Share this article:Sign-carrying protesters chanting “Eat the rich” came to Beverly Hills’ famed shopping street Rodeo Drive Saturday as part of a series of demonstrations over the in-custody death of George Floyd. Signs carried by protesters included, “George Floyd did not deserve to be murdered,” “Justice for George Floyd” and “Black lives matter.” Many protesters ignored social-distancing recommendations. Stores on Rodeo, like other nonessential stores throughout the state, have been closed since early March due to stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly before 4 p.m., automated telephone calls were made to Beverly Hills residents saying protesters are entering the city and urging residents to stay to home and motorists should avoid the area. The Beverly Hills City Council held what it described as an “emergency meeting to discuss the current ongoing civil unrest within Los Angeles County” earlier Saturday. Floyd died Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis Police Department officer, Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee on the 46-year-old man’s neck for several minutes while three other officers looked on. Video footage of the arrest, in…

L.A. Police Face More Mass Demonstrations as Curfew Issued Downtown

Share this article:Police were out in force across Los Angeles Saturday, trying to hold the peace amid multiple protests tied to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an overnight curfew for an area downtown Los Angeles. In the Fairfax District, several hundred demonstrators converged, with many taking over the intersection of Third Street and Fairfax Avenue, shutting down traffic. At the nearby intersection of Third and Edinburgh Avenue, several police cars were vandalized and rubber bullets were fired to try to control the crowd. Police tried to hold the line against further advancement, and could be seen engaging in scuffles with some protesters, with some officers using their clubs. Police later brought in large, military-style vehicles to clear the streets, and some sign-carrying protesters chanting “Eat the rich” came to Beverly Hills’ famed shopping street Rodeo Drive. The Fairfax District gathering followed a noon demonstration at Pan Pacific Park, at 7600 Beverly Blvd. A handful of similar demonstrations were planned for other areas of the city Saturday, including a 3 p.m. event in Boyle Heights. At a hastily…

Man fatally shot by deputies in Lancaster struggled with deputies while carrying replica handgun: Officials

A man who struggled with deputies while holding a replica gun died after the deputies shot him in Lancaster on Friday evening, officials said Saturday. The shooting took place just before 7:50 p.m. in the 1700 block of West Avenue K, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies saw a man walking down the street and approached him, Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement. “As deputies contacted the suspect they saw he had a firearm in his hand,” Ortiz said. “An altercation with the suspect ensued and the suspect was taken to the ground, during which time a deputy-involved-shooting occurred.” Paramedics took the wounded suspect to a hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead. “A replica firearm was recovered at the scene,” Ortiz said. No deputies were hurt during the encounter. No further details were released. Anyone with information can reach the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau homicide detectives at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.              

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department addresses city in response to George Floyd protests

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department held a news briefing at 6 p.m. Saturday in response to ongoing local protests against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “Everyone enjoys a First Amendment right to protest the actions of government, no matter where it occurred throughout our entire great nation,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “But we have to do it in a manner that’s peaceful, that respects everyone else’s first amendment rights, everyone else’s rights to property, to be free from harm or injury.” Hours earlier, the city of L.A. announced it would impose a curfew in downtown from 8 p.m. Saturday until 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Hundreds converge on White House in protest after Trump says Secret Service is waiting, armed with ‘vicious dogs’

Shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe,” hundreds of people converged on the White House for a second straight day Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and President Donald Trump’s response. Trump, who earlier belittled the protesters, pledged to “stop mob violence.” “I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace, and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace,” the president said in Florida after watching the launch of a SpaceX rocket. “Healing, not hatred, justice, not chaos are the missions at hand.” Across from the White House, police lined up in front of the protesters, forming a human barricade as Trump returned to the White House from his Florida trip. Protesters chanted and taunted the police. Witnesses said there were multiple incidents of protesters pushing against the barricades and being repelled with pepper spray. “We’re sick of it. The cops are out of control,” protester Olga Hall said. Earlier, speaking over a megaphone, Cameron McCall said, “We don’t need violence. All…

Groups March Into Beverly Hills, Loot Stores On Rodeo Drive

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — Protesters calling for justice in the death of George Floyd moved out of downtown Los Angeles to the city of Beverly Hills on Saturday evening. For complete coverage of the situation in Minneapolis visit CBSMinnesota.com and stream CBSN Minnesota.  Several businesses on Rodeo Drive boarded-up stores to prevent against possible looting. Just after 5:30 p.m., a group could be seen trying to breach the barrier and gain access to a Gucci store as others nearby tried to stop them. Nearly half an hour later, some people were successful in breaking into an Alexander McQueen store and spraying graffiti on several other stores. Police responded to the area minutes later and the groups began to scatter. A curfew of 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. was put in place in Beverly Hills on Saturday night, following behind a similar curfew issued for part of downtown L.A. Officials also urged residents and motorists to stay out of the area. Protestors are entering the city of Beverly Hills. Residents are urged to stay home & motorists should avoid area. https://t.co/O7f60IZRYi — CityofBeverlyHills (@CityofBevHills) May 30, 2020 It appears…

All COVID-19 testing centers in L.A. city closed Saturday due to ‘safety worries’ amid George Floyd protests

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that all COVID-19 testing centers in the city closed Saturday afternoon due to safety concerns as protests against the killing of George Floyd continued throughout the city. “We need to make sure, especially in communities that have less power, that we are able to make sure people don’t disproportionately die because of the color of their skin,” the mayor said. “We can’t do that when the city breaks down.” All of the testing sites closed as of 3 p.m. the mayor said “because of the safety worries across the city.” It wasn’t immediately clear if the other testing sites outside the city within broader L.A. County were affected. Throughout L.A. County, there are 36 free COVID-19 testing locations, including both drive-thru and walk-thru sites. The testing sites have a capacity to reach 20,000 people a day, and 516,000 people have already been tested, according to the mayor. “In our testing centers, we have the lowest positive rate for our tests since we started testing,” Garcetti said during a Friday news briefing, adding that the rate was at about 4.5%.…

L.A. County sees highest single-day increase in COVID-19 infections; backlog in testing cited

As social distancing restrictions are gradually lifted, health officials in Los Angeles County reported the highest single-day increase in detected novel coronavirus infections to date Saturday with 2,112 new cases, but said that the large number was at least partially due to a recent backlog of test results. Forty-eight new COVID-19 deaths were also reported Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Prior to Saturday, the highest number of reported COVID-19 infections reported in a single day in L.A. County was 1,843 on Tuesday, according to health department data. But the figure does not necessarily represent a surge in infections, officials said. “The high number of cases are, in part, due to a backlog of test results being processed and also a new lab beginning to report results in a timely manner through the county’s Electronic Laboratory Reporting system,” the health department said in a written statement. Of the 48 newly-reported deaths, 36 of the patients were over the age of 65. Thirty-three of the patients had underlying health conditions. County public health officials said a total of 53,651 cases of…

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