Black Lives Matter, Part 3: Demanding Change

As reports of police brutality in Los Angeles continued to surface, LAPD began deescalating its response to the daily protests. The California National Guard diffused tensions in Hollywood after the police retreated to the applause of the protesters on June 2, 2020. Nightly curfew enforcement began an hour or two after the start of curfew, until Mayor Eric Garcetti lifted the curfew altogether on June 4. The guardsmen eventually withdrew from Los Angeles on June 7.

Protesters likewise encouraged each other to be peaceful. A march leader who identified himself as “X” asked his fellow protesters to save their anger and energy for tomorrow instead of getting arrested today. A group of protesters at City Hall on June 3 told news media to film their arrest in full—they said they wanted to show that they neither feared nor resisted arrest.

Angelenos across many cultures also held memorials for victims of police violence. Hundreds of surfers gathered across LA County for a memorial paddle-out, usually a tradition to honor the death of someone in the surfing community. Local artists and creatives painted murals dedicated to George Floyd and other victims of police violence. The words "All Black Lives Matter" now adorn a section of Hollywood Boulevard in rainbow colors, a show of support for the LGBT Black community.

But on June 5, protesters at a police vigil for Floyd lashed out at LAPD Chief Michel Moore when he did not give what they were asking for: A promise of change. And law enforcement in Los Angeles County received renewed scrutiny and condemnation after the county sheriff's department shot and killed Terron Jammal Boone on June 18 and Andres Guardado a day after.

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