Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black men grew Saturday from NY 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 curfew was put in place to increase the safety of demonstrators, law enforcement and all Los Angeles citizens, Garcetti said. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also declared an emergency and said that curfew will remain in the city during nighttime till the situation improves.
A citywide curfew was imposed Saturday starting at 8 p.m. but thousands of people ignored the order.
The announcement comes in the midst of protests around the city in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer forcefully knelt on his neck (the officer has since been charged with murder).
533 people were arrested Friday night by the Los Angeles Police Department. But he quickly expanded it to the entirety of the city as the violence focused on an area about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) to the west. "Our state and nation must build from this moment united and more resolved than ever to address racism and its root causes". In Virginia, a police vehicle was set on fire outside Richmond police headquarters by the protesters. City officials said more than 70 businesses were vandalized. They have since become a national phenomenon as protesters decry years of deaths at police hands. "Let's not destroy or harm our own community". Six LAPD officers sustained injuries ranging from lacerations to impact wounds. A reporter and photographer for The Times were also injured by police during the protests.
Police in both cities fired tear gas and flash-bang grenades to break up unruly crowds. Ten people were arrested for resisting and obstructing officers.