After more than a week of Los Angeles rallys protesting the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the pace does not seem to be slowing.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, there will be more than 40 protests taking place around the city today, with even more planned for Orange and San Bernadino Counties. According to the Daily News’s story, “Events will begin as early as 8 a.m. with a protest at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 Spring Street and run as late as a 5 p.m. candlelight service at La Palma Avenue and Beach Boulevard in Buena Park.” The publication also cautions, however, that “limited information was available on many of the rallies and not all are confirmed.”
Here are the events listed by the Daily News that are closest to central Los Angeles:
8:00 a.m. – L.A. City Hall
9:30 a.m. – Unity prayer walk at McFadden and Bristol in the Mid-City area
10:00 a.m. – The USC Black Alumni Association will march in support of Black Lives Matter. The march begins at Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue, near USC Village. Participants must wear a mask and be prepared to socially distance. Attendees were asked to remain peaceful and not attempt to destroy or vandalize.
10:00 a.m. – Peaceful protest at King Hall at Cal State LA. Masks and social distancing required;
12:00 p.m. – Demonstration of solidarity with Black Lives Matter at Liberty Park, 3700 Wilshire Blvd. Masks are required and social distancing is recommended.
12:00 p.m. – Protest in Hollywood near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.
12:00 p.m. – Protest outside ICM Partners Building, 10250 Constellation Ave., in Century City. Protesters must wear a mask and practice social distancing. [Note: according to Deadline, this event is organized by ICM Partners, CAA, UTA and WME]
12:00 p.m. – Justice for Breonna Taylor rally at Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd.
12:00 p.m. – Bicyclists will participate in a Ride for Justice for George Floyd in Leimert Park. A a specific location was not announced.
According to another report in MyNewsLA, there were also protests at a number of locations around LA on Friday, including Los Angeles City Hall, Santa Monica and more, which were all peaceful. Police did reportedly clash briefy with protestors at an event in Lakewood, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, and only one arrest.
Early this morning LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Shannon Paulson released the following statement to the community, regarding both yesterday and today’s protest events:
“No major issues in Wilshire yesterday. We again had a sizeable protest group move through the Division and along some of our major and minor thoroughfares. The were peaceful and the organizer was an exceptionally cooperative young man who was very concerned with keeping everything very peaceful.
All three of the scheduled protests/marches that I mentioned in yesterday’s emails are still in effect. I and my staff have been in personal contact with the organizers of the peace march from Cochran Baptist Church and the gathering at Pico/La Brea. Both are exceptionally cooperative and I do not foresee any issues whatsoever.
The protest/rally scheduled for Pan Pacific Park at noon is slightly more concerning as we have very limited intelligence on it and efforts to contact the organizer have met with negative results. We do not know if they intend to march anywhere. In the abundance of caution we are planning for a sizeable crowd and will have resources standing by in ready reserve.
To that end – I have requested a slightly larger than usual contingent of National Guard to be posted in the area of 3rd and Fairfax for today.
Apologies for my lack of great detail this morning – hoping to have more time and positive news to share tomorrow.”