• Matt Esnayra

National Guard heads to Long Beach to extinguish unrest

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced Sunday night, the California National Guard was called in to help subdue the disorder in Long Beach after protests over the death of George Floyd descended into clashes with police, stores looted, and businesses burned down on Sunday.

What's happened

Thousand plus protesters flooded the streets of Long Beach Sunday, to express their anger over the brutal death of George Floyd by the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, the vast majority of the protest and it's attended marched peacefully.

  • At roughly 6:00 p.m., individuals began ransacking local businesses, it's unknown if those who looted are connected to the protest.

  • In the East Village: El Super was looted and CVS Pharmacy was looted and a small fire was lit inside

  • In Downtown Long Beach: The L'Opera restaurant and Kings Fish House were ransacked

  • The Pike Outlets: The Guess store's windows were shattered, The Hot Topic was raided of merch and clothes where scatters on the ground at the Forever 21

  • The City Place Shopping Center: People broke into the Jean Machine on 4th street and was seen by local news outlets running out with items from the store.

  • The Promenade: A group of people stormed into the Mark Schneider Fine Jewelry store.

  • Lakewood Mall: 13 people were arrested attempting to loot the mall

Where things stand:

Protesters reportedly clashed with police at the intersection of Pine Ave and Broadway, with protesters throwing objects at the police and officers, in riot gear, responding back by shooting, what appears to be, rubber bullets at protesters.

  • Protesters and police had a standoff on Ocean near the Promenade

  • Police formed a line at the intersection of Ocean and Long Beach blvd

  • At this time there are no reports that police used tear gas at protesters.

  • Long Beach city officials declared a curfew starting at 8:00 p.m, quickly thereafter L.A County declared a county-wide curfew starting at 6:00 p.m

  • Local officials have created a cleanup at 7:00 am to help local businesses that were affected.

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