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.

A protest leader who identified himself as "X," right, tells his fellow protester on June 2 that they should stay nonviolent, avoid arrest and save the energy for protests to come in the following days.
A protest leader who identified himself as "X," right, tells his fellow protester on June 2 that they should stay nonviolent, avoid arrest and save the energy for protests to come in the following days.
Protesters applaud the California Army National Guard after the guardsmen took over from the Los Angeles Police Department in diffusing tension with the protesters in Hollywood on June 2. The protest was allowed to continue at least an hour past a countyw
Protesters applaud the California Army National Guard after the guardsmen took over from the Los Angeles Police Department in diffusing tension with the protesters in Hollywood on June 2. The protest was allowed to continue at least an hour past a countywide curfew and no immediate arrests were made.
A protester gives a guardsman a hug on June 2. Many protesters welcomed the National Guard and opened conversation with guardsmen, who they considered different from the local police officers and sheriffs.
A protester gives a guardsman a hug on June 2. Many protesters welcomed the National Guard and opened conversation with guardsmen, who they considered different from the local police officers and sheriffs.
A Black man urges peace to hundreds others protesting with him on June 2. Protesters mainly fell into one of two schools of thought—one considered arrest to be an inevitable consequence or even a part of the protest while the other sought to avoid arrests
A Black man urges peace to hundreds others protesting with him on June 2. Protesters mainly fell into one of two schools of thought—one considered arrest to be an inevitable consequence or even a part of the protest while the other sought to avoid arrests and open talks with the police.
Christopher Perez, a local artist, paints a mural of George Floyd on the plywood of a boarded-up store on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on June 13. The mural was taken down a few days later as
The Hollywoodland Experience, the gift shop behind i
Christopher Perez, a local artist, paints a mural of George Floyd on the plywood of a boarded-up store on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on June 13. The mural was taken down a few days later as The Hollywoodland Experience, the gift shop behind it, prepared to reopen.
A Black Lives Matter memorial decorates the Santa Monica Beach during a paddle-out ceremony for George Floyd and other victims of police violence on June 5. Paddle-outs are a surfer tradition to honor and memorialize members of the surfer community who ha
A Black Lives Matter memorial decorates the Santa Monica Beach during a paddle-out ceremony for George Floyd and other victims of police violence on June 5. Paddle-outs are a surfer tradition to honor and memorialize members of the surfer community who have died.
Jayah Beatty, 10, raises her fist during a Juneteenth march and protest in South Los Angeles. Organized by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, the march continued to the parking lot of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to honor Grechario Mack, a Black man whom the
Jayah Beatty, 10, raises her fist during a Juneteenth march and protest in South Los Angeles. Organized by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, the march continued to the parking lot of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to honor Grechario Mack, a Black man whom the LAPD shot dead there on April 10, 2018.
Hundreds of protesters are fenced out from a candlelight vigil for George Floyd hosted by the LAPD at their headquarters on June 5.
Hundreds of protesters are fenced out from a candlelight vigil for George Floyd hosted by the LAPD at their headquarters on June 5.
Protesters demand answers from LAPD chief Michel Moore, right, after Moore held a candlelight vigil for George Floyd on June 5 that most protesters ignored.
Protesters demand answers from LAPD chief Michel Moore, right, after Moore held a candlelight vigil for George Floyd on June 5 that most protesters ignored.
Pallbearers carry one of four empty caskets from a hearse during a memorial procession for victims of police violence, held in solidarity with the public viewing for George Floyd in Houston, Floyd's hometown, on June 8. Floyd was laid to rest in a televis
Pallbearers carry one of four empty caskets from a hearse during a memorial procession for victims of police violence, held in solidarity with the public viewing for George Floyd in Houston, Floyd's hometown, on June 8. Floyd was laid to rest in a televised private funeral service in Houston the following day.
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