May 30, 2020 at 4:44 pm PDT | by Troy Masters Brody Levesque
Entire Los Angeles area under curfew until further notice as George Floyd protests turn violent

Protestors along 3rd Street allegedly set a police cruiser ablaze as thousands take to the streets near The Grove in Los Angeles. (Photo by Troy Masters)

LOS ANGELES, CA UPDATE 6:00 PM: LAPD Headquarters has declared an unlawful assembly for the protest in #Fairfax District, says LAPD spokesperson Officer Mike Chan. That means protesters who do not disperse face arrest, Chan says.

UPDATE 10:30 PM: The Office of California Governor Gavin Newsome announced that Newsom this evening authorized assistance after a request from the city and county of Los Angeles, and proclaimed a state of emergency in Los Angeles County. The Governor approved the city and county’s request to deploy members of the National Guard to assist Los Angeles and neighboring communities.

As protests continue into the third day Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath and Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman have ordered curfews from 8 p.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The protests commenced after the death of George Floyd, a 46 year black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the hands of four police officers, all of who have since been fired.

One of those former officers, Derek Chauvin was charged by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Photo by Troy Masters

Protesters are moving through the City’s Fairfax District and have converged by the Pan Pacific Park near The Grove, the Beverly Center, and along Third Street near Fairfax Avenue, where Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers were engaged in a tense stand-off with what appears now to be thousands of people.

Television coverage by local media including KTLA shows that some of the protesters climbed buildings and near one intersection smashed out the windows of a LAPD cruiser before setting it on fire.

The Saturday daytime protests follows a night of significant unrest in the downtown which included the arrest of 533 people by LAPD officers.

A spokesperson for the LAPD told the Los Angeles Blade that many businesses were looted, during Friday night into Saturday early morning including several police department vehicles which were vandalized and six LAPD officers suffered injuries ranging from lacerations to impact wounds.

Photo by Brielle Robinson.

Protests had moved into Beverly HIlls and West Hollywood by 5:15 PM.

 

The juxtaposition of our times could not any bleaker or at more at odds, especially today.

As SpaceX soared into the sky, retuning Americans into space after a long hiatus, the nation is collapsing under the weight of a chaotic response to a global pandemic health emergency and a resulting economic collapse that threatens the livelihoods of millions.

It was supposed to be a celebratory weekend, when millions of businesses reopened and many employees returned to work and consumers began to enjoy favorite diversions.

Even The Abbey had returned to something of a normal state, or at least so it had hoped.

David Cooley, owner of West Hollywood’s famed bar and restaurant, The Abbey, was on hand to welcome customers on the first post-lockdown day of business. (Photo by Troy Masters)

But nationwide protests over the brutal murder of a black man, George Floyd, killed by a police officer, have turned violent after the President of the United States called peaceful protestors THUGS, called for them to be shot, and the officer who murdered Floyd was charged only with 3rd degree murder and given a $500,000 bail.

Rage has spilled into the streets, including here in Los Angeles where an 8:00 PM curfew has been announced.

Los Angeles Blade publisher Troy Masters walked through the protests along Fairfax Avenue and West Third Street where a police cruiser was set ablaze and large crowds gathered in the street. The protestors took the streets after an earlier large gathering of about 10,000 people in Pan Pacific Park near The Grove.

The Pentagon has been ordered Donald Trump to prepare for deployment of military police to Minneapolis.

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