Black Lives Matter, Part 1: Violence at Fairfax

​On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis Police Department officer, for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.

Chauvin choked Floyd to death by kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes despite Floyd pleading, "I can't breathe." Three other officers aided Chauvin by further restraining Floyd and keeping bystanders away.

The killing of George Floyd sparked protests in all 50 states and across the globe as anger over racism and police brutality overpowered the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The first weekend after Floyd’s death proved chaotic in Los Angeles. These photos are from the Fairfax District protest on Saturday, May 30. Thousands of people gathered in Pan Pacific Park and peacefully marched until police cars arrived.

In an explosion of emotion, the protest turned violent as LAPD officers and some protesters confronted each other. LAPD officers injured dozens of protesters and journalists with tear gas, rubber bullets and nightsticks, while the protesters burned multiple police cars and threw water bottles and rocks at the police.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a curfew that night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., but patches of Los Angeles descended into lawlessness well past curfew as people vandalized buildings and looted stores, some of which were Black-owned.

Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, who organized the peaceful march, distanced itself from the violence that took over. The following day, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and deployed the National Guard.

A trashed Los Angeles Police Department patrol car burns on the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Edinburgh Avenue. Protesters lit at least two police cars on fire during the protest in the Fairfax District.

Two Black protesters shelter behind a mattress as LAPD officers fire rubber bullets at them on Beverly Boulevard.

A street medic tends to the wounds of Justin Tanga, a white protester who was shot with multiple rubber bullets by the LAPD while he protected his friend Jarett Conner, a Black protester.

A protester kicks a LAPD patrol car rushing to another part of the district.

Activists with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles writes the phone number to the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles on each others' arms. "If anyone is kidnapped by the pigs, we recommend putting numbers on your arm," a protest leader told the crowd.

Protesters start a peaceful march from Pan Pacific Park around the Fairfax District in Central Los Angeles. Organizers called for discipline at the beginning of the march.

A masked protester tags the wall with "ACAB!", an acronym for "All cops are bastards."

A group of protesters attempt to flip a trashed and abandoned LAPD patrol car. The vehicle was later set on fire.

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