Mayor Eric Garcetti extended Los Angeles' (California state) overnight curfew on Sunday, May 31, from 20:00 to 05:30 (local time) through Monday, June 1, as the city prepares for further protests over the police-related death of George Floyd. Previously, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the city and county of Los Angeles on Saturday evening, May 30, and activated the National Guard to restore order and enforce the curfew. Local media reports state that several large protests are currently ongoing in the Huntington Beach and Santa Monica areas of Los Angeles as of afternoon hours, with additional reports of looting and vandalism in Santa Monica.
Heavy clashes were reported in Los Angeles between police and demonstrators overnight on May 30-31, and over 398 people were reportedly arrested by police.
Further protests and unrest are likely in the area in the near term.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US.
Individuals in Los Angeles and across metropolitan areas in the US are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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