LOS ANGELES, CA – Friday night and early Saturday morning, Los Angeles – like countless other cities – erupted into violent riots.
JUST IN: Los Angeles mobilizing ALL available police officers to combat protestors' violence pic.twitter.com/fQEYoY66AK
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Police are reporting that more than 400 people were arrested overnight after violent confrontations, business vandalism and theft.
Police shot rubber bullets at protesters on Spring St. in Downtown Los Angeles.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 30, 2020
At least five officers were injured and patrol vehicles were vandalized. There was extensive destruction of property and theft of businesses, including jewelers and restaurants.
— MK-Ultra News (@mkultranews) May 30, 2020
Michael Moore, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, asked for peaceful protests.
— LOVE PAK LOVE J&K. (@hellemorning21) May 31, 2020
Which is interesting, given the fact that he’s been working with the Mayor to block previous protests by people who don’t want to be locked down.
A citywide curfew is in place to quell looting, vandalism and violence. Demonstrations continue for another night in Los Angeles in response to the death of #GeorgeFloyd in Minnesota. Photos by @GinaFerazzi, @luissinco, @garycoronado and @WallySkalij. https://t.co/OflpwafGRJ pic.twitter.com/JsT5uSDpoY
— L.A. Times Photos (@latimesphotos) May 31, 2020
“I am asking everyone in Los Angeles to come together and find the ability to peacefully express their individual and collective nonconformity, while at the same time maintaining the safety of all Angelenos,” said Moore.
🇺🇸 — VIDEO: The National Guard this morning in Los Angeles, California. pic.twitter.com/5cqaKH81Cj
— Belaaz (@TheBelaaz) May 31, 2020
Earlier in the day, the LAPD had ordered protesters to disperse after vandalism erupted in downtown streets.
— Kara Finnstrom (@KaraFinnstrom) May 31, 2020
The arrests came when many of the protesters refused to leave.
Early Sunday morning, National Guard troops deployed onto the streets of Los Angeles.
Synagogue Beth El in Los Angeles vandalized by rioters with hateful antisemitic graffiti stating "F*** Israel, Free Palestine" pic.twitter.com/hLrcdxgN4c
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) May 31, 2020
It was a dramatic move that came after a day of escalating violence.
During overnight hours, demonstrators burned Los Angeles Police Department cruisers, threw objects at officers and looted retail businesses, including the Apple Store and Nordstrom at the Grove shopping mall.
Starbucks on Broadway got totally demolished last night. I understand the anger but I hope the worst of the destruction is behind us. Let’s be peaceful LA ❤️❤️#JusticeForGeorgeFlyod #LosAngeles #LosAngelesriots #LosAngelesProtest #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/tYkd0upPXz
— GrooveCollective (@GrooveCollecti2) May 31, 2020
As things exploded Saturday night, the mayor ordered a night curfew for downtown L.A.
That extended to the entire city an hour later.
👀🙆🏽♂️ The 4ft KAWS Companion stolen during looting at 5art Gallery in Los Angeles (valued +$80K on resale)
(the gallery has tracked down the people) pic.twitter.com/4l4fozkJ9T
— YOMZANSI Sneakers (@yomzansisneaker) May 31, 2020
Less than an hour after that, the called in the National Guard. That hasn’t happened since the 1992 riots that erupted after the police officers who beat Rodney King were found not guilty.
— The Leaks Report (@leaksreport) May 31, 2020
One large crowd first gathered at Pan Pacific Park off Beverly Boulevard. That’s where they chanted, “Defund police” and “Prosecute killer cops,” and waved signs at a rally organized by Black Lives Matter and social justice group BLD PWR.
— rei (@reignalowks) May 31, 2020
Speakers at the rally demanded less public money for police departments and for schools and prisons to be overhauled.
“We’re living in the middle of an uprising,” Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors told the group. “Let’s be clear: We are in an uprising for black life.”
The violence escalated throughout the day, leading to more than a dozen destroyed or defaced LAPD cruisers sitting abandoned on 3rd Street.
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Windows of the vehicles were smashed, mirrors ripped out and the vehicles’ bodies scrawled with anti-police slogans.
Protesters spray-painted “Cops and Klan go hand and hand” on the side of a Citibank on Fairfax Avenue and “Eat the Rich” on the Writers Guild of America building.
— Nergis 𐱅𐰇𐰼𐰚🇹🇷 (@Duhanergis) May 31, 2020
Chief Moore begged for peace.
“This is not the solution,” he said, standing next to broken glass from the Nordstrom facade. “We haven’t given up on L.A., and L.A. shouldn’t give up on itself. We can pull around this. … Policing doesn’t fix these kinds of societal problems. I need all of L.A. to step up right now and be part of the solution.”
The violence was all over the country.
Police are searching for a vehicle that seriously injured four people, including three Denver officers on Saturday night.
And while the search is on for that suspect… the police chief is warning they’re also looking for the people responsible for hiding weapons and gasoline in protest areas.
DEVELOPING: Video shows apparent vehicle attack in Denver, "severely" injuring 3 police officers and 1 civilian; the car fled the scene pic.twitter.com/GszVHJN3xF
— BNO News (@BNONews) May 31, 2020
First – the hit and run. It happened at 16th Avenue and Logan Street, in the Uptown neighborhood.
Police said that although there were no life-threatening injuries, some of the victims had serious bodily injuries.
Denver: Three police officers and a civilian were severely injured by a car during the BLM/antifa riot. Police are seeking a vehicle with a Wyoming license plate 59722. Crime stoppers: 720-913-STOP #antifa #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/ppmJS2HXe5
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 31, 2020
Now police are searching for the suspect vehicle, a Chevrolet Cobalt or Cruze with the Wyoming license plate No. 59722.
Police said it might have extensive front-end damage, police said.
Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
Local media reports that more than a dozen police vehicles were at the emergency entrance to Denver Health hospital about 11:45 p.m.
DENVER, CO — Police searching for driver who ran over pedestrian with SUV during a peaceful protest for George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/Qx36QrTk2T
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Now to the investigation into the weapons.
— Ezmilehigh (@Ezmilehigh1) May 30, 2020
Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said officers confiscated weapons in the protest area Saturday afternoon. Among them? Canisters of gasoline.
— 𝓜𝓪𝓻⭐️⭐️⭐️🇺🇸🇵🇷 (@MSMCali) May 30, 2020
Pazen showed reporters a picture of some of the weapons that officers found inside of a backpack.
Unfortunately the actions of a few agitators are hijacking the memory and life of George Floyd. To use this tragedy to inflict harm on our community is inexcusable. These are a few items confiscated today that were intended to disrupt and cause damage to our city. pic.twitter.com/1SQ7tj1b6K
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) May 31, 2020
They included a hatchet and a heavy chain, and he said officers also found two five-gallon canisters of gas that were planted in the area.
“Nothing like that has any place in a peaceful protest and we need to make sure that the good people of Denver who want to have their voices heard, they police themselves,” Pazen said.
Cannot stress that this afternoon's march, & whatever is happening now in Denver where tear gas is being used, are completely separate. @TayAndersonCO was incredible & talked with police to ensure safety for everyone. He hoped they'd would go home after, but.. #denverprotests pic.twitter.com/RuAIsMCian
— Ryan Greene 📷 (@RyanCBS4) May 30, 2020
“They make sure these individual agitators do not take control or hijack their peaceful message.”
— asema (@asemaali_) May 30, 2020
“We do have individuals who are not Denverites who are coming into our city to cause great harm.”
— Brett #LaunchAmerica Forrest (@BrettForrest89) May 29, 2020
He was fuming.
“We want to support people who peacefully march but we will hold those people accountable, these agitators that are hijacking this very important and powerful message that we as a country are facing,” Pazen said.
Denver protest has begun to turn violent. pic.twitter.com/4sZpoLXIC0
— Joshua Rodriguez (@Joshuajered) May 29, 2020
And the FBI is investigating after lasers were used to repeatedly target a news helicopter and police chopper.
Denver BLM Protest at the state capital. Cops were quick to put on riot gear and get their paintball guns out. pic.twitter.com/GwUUdlE3vK
— 👑 brincess 🔮 (@brin_spice) May 29, 2020
“A spokesperson for the Denver Police Department confirms their helicopter, which was monitoring the protests, was also hit with a laser,” according to Fox 31.
Photojournalist Angel Rosado was inside the SkyFOX chopper when they were hit by a laser, and he said it was clear the person was aiming at them.
The riots in Denver are insane right now pic.twitter.com/qWxw7iP1zA
— Treypurdy (@Treypurdyy) May 31, 2020
“When these lasers hit your cockpit, it refracts, and it fills your entire cockpit with green light for a moment, kind of blinding light, for a moment,” Rosado explained.
Denver police reportedly responded to the home in question shortly after, and handed the case over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“At this point, the FBI says it’s still gathering information, and no arrests have been made,” the Fox 31 report said.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a felony punishable by up to five years in jail, according to the FBI’s website.
“Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law,” Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division Ron Hosko said in 2014.
“It is important that people understand that this is a criminal act with potentially deadly repercussions,” he added.
A riot starting in Denver, Colorado. This literally looks set up. Watch them all run with their black lives matter posters at the cops command. 🤯 @Inevitable_ET @RealCandaceO @TRUreporting @kate_awakening @mitchellvii @SweetSoaps @DonaldJTrumpJr What did you think? pic.twitter.com/mPl2zRbUsT
— Liana Mikah (@lianamikah) May 29, 2020
Now to Chicago, where the “peaceful protests” resulted in anything but peace on Saturday.
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LSD and Division area pic.twitter.com/NALlfFVW8W
— Lexi Sutter (@LexiSutterTV) May 30, 2020
On the contrary, at least four people were shot downtown and one of them was killed.
— Sev (@Roundaboutnoon) May 31, 2020
There’s also been significant chatter that ‘Anonymous’ hacked Chicago police radios and played the song ‘Fuck the police’.
Anonymous has come back after 3 years and so far they've done this:
Taken down the Minneapolis police website.
Hacked Chicago police radios and played the song ‘Fuck the police’
— Anonymous ™ (@DukeMtambo) May 31, 2020
CPD administration has not confirmed that the radios were hacked.
Hijacked chicago police radio plays NWA's "Fuck The Police" pic.twitter.com/I3NWWYZwem
— doomer zoomer (@doomerzoomeer) May 31, 2020
ANONYMUS HACKING CHICAGO PD'S RADIO SYSTEM SO THE POLICE CAN'T COMMUNICATE ABOUT THE PROTEST.,., WE LOVE TO SEE IT pic.twitter.com/vmZGSbsG4j
— TIN-틴⁷🌷 (@taebokkiii) May 31, 2020
All of this as a well-financed “bail fund” promises to bail out people arrested in the riots.
We are being told that more than 1,000 people were arrested today in Chicago while demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all communities harmed by police.
Chicago, we stand with you and we are doing everything we can to support you. pic.twitter.com/CRP4Nt6s4J
— Chicago Community Bond Fund (@ChiBondFund) May 31, 2020
The murder happened about 11 p.m. in River North in the 100 block of West Hubbard Street.
Police said Bernardino Mercado, 26, was walking on the sidewalk when he exchanged words with a male suspect in a car.
— ❀ραlмαиεεﻬs (@Palmy2u) May 31, 2020
According to Chicago police, the suspect got out of the car and started hitting the male with a handgun – then shot Mercado in the chest before continuing to strike the other person with the weapon.
When I say every building is marked- I mean every building is marked. pic.twitter.com/n7ierRLiW9
— Lexi Sutter (@LexiSutterTV) May 30, 2020
He then got back in his car and drove off.
Police said Mercado, who lived in Avondale on the Northwest Side, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man in Joker mask ignited a police squad car today in Chicago’s protest. Managed to capture a few pictures pic.twitter.com/JlCM4eBiWy
— SVLSV TRVP (@ogsalsatrap) May 31, 2020
At least three more people were shot in the Loop.
One happened about 10:30 p.m. in the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police said a man, 19, was standing on the sidewalk when he heard gunshots and felt pain.
DOWNTOWN CHICAGO SHUT DOWN
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 31, 2020
He brought himself to Stroger Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition.
At about 9:30 p.m., two other people were shot a few blocks away in the first block of West Jackson Boulevard.
Trump Tower is under siege as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building. #MinneapolisUprising #chicagoprotest #DCProtests #NYCPROTEST #MIAMIPROTEST #AmericaProtest #VoteForChange pic.twitter.com/vHcSsZ6QLX
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) May 30, 2020
Their ages were not immediately known, but both are at the University of Illinois Hospital in good condition.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has – at best – a strained relationship with the Chicago Police Department that she often attacks – announced a curfew in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m.
A lot of good that did.
Dozens of Chicago police officers were injured after riots erupted again on Saturday night.
This, as countless demonstrators attacked responding officers and – in one horrifying scene – beat and dragged them. More on that below.
Police Supt. David Brown said gave an overview of the mayhem:
“We had dozens [of officers] injured today,” he said during a press conference Saturday evening, when a citywide curfew was announced.
How many? They stopped counting.
“We don’t have an ongoing count. We do have one officer with broken bones – I will tell you that’s pretty serious – others who have had minor injuries, but it’s ongoing and the night’s young and this crowd is increasingly more mean-spirited and violent.”
Saturday evening, Law Enforcement Today spoke with an on-duty officer on the condition of anonymity:
“Officers are under attack – and it’s going to get worse. Rioters are coming in by the busload and they aren’t letting us do anything to stop it.”
— Said Sarkic (@SaidSarkic) May 31, 2020
But the images speak for themselves.
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On Saturday night, video footage hit Twitter showing officers violently attacked and dragged through the streets while masked rioters cheered.
CHAOS: Police officers dragged through the street in Chicago
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 30, 2020
The officers fought desperately to get away and protect each other… to no avail.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has had countless dustups with the police department, held a press conference shortly after 8 p.m.
— Alex Qian 📸 | 🎥 (@_alexqian) May 31, 2020
She said the protests had “evolved into criminal conduct” and imposed a curfew on the city: from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.
— MK-Ultra News (@mkultranews) May 31, 2020
Lightfoot said she was “disgusted” after seeing protesters use pipes, hammers and other objects to damage property.
NEIMAN MARCUS LOOTED IN CHICAGO pic.twitter.com/S6zavWZnGE
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
“I’m here to call you out for your recklessness,” she said to rioters.
“I’ve seen protesters hurl projectiles at our police department…bottles of water, urine and lord knows what else,’’ she said.
“I want to express my disappointment and really, my total disgust at the number of others who came to today’s protests armed for all out battle.’
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown was also at the press conference.
— Gino Laurent (@GinoLaurent_) May 30, 2020
“We will be taking you into custody when you destroy property,” or burn cars, said Brown. “That’s just facts.”
The crowd numbers grew to more than 3,000 people by 2 p.m. and started making way onto Lake Shore Drive and shut down portions of the roadway.
This is the scene outside Trump Tower Chicago. Police have set up at Kinzie and State and on both sides of Trump Tower on Wabash. pic.twitter.com/99PChKoXmS
— Richard Roeper (@RichardERoeper) May 30, 2020
By 3:30 p.m., hundreds began to turn violent, throwing fireworks, bottles and we’re told gasoline at officers.
Then came the vandalism, as they hit buildings, cars and a bus shelter.
— lil ebert (@lilebertt) May 30, 2020
It didn’t take long for reports of injuries to come in, including at a police sergeant who had his arm broken near Trump Tower.
It's time for an actual revolution! Downtown Chicago protest tonight pic.twitter.com/OlXd1qOs4d
— liz, mother of all perspectives 🦀 (@lmcgrew) May 29, 2020
By 4 p.m., the crowds had split into multiple groups, escalating violence against law enforcement.
By 5 p.m., there were at least a dozen calls of 10-1, which is a police emergency, as they worked to control the crowd.
— Tony Ho Tran (@TonyHoWasHere) May 30, 2020
Rioters tried to overturn a Chicago police car. Others broke out into fights with police officers.
Around 7:30 p.m. at Dearborn and Hubbard streets, a police vehicle was flipped over.
Mayor Lightfoot, of course, seized the opportunity to attack the President.
“It’s not easy when we have a president who is inciting violence.”
“Let’s be better than him,” said Lightfoot.
Watch below as she’s “better than him”.
"I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump, it's two words, it begins with 'f' and it ends with 'you.’” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot #TrumpResignNow
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 30, 2020
She made sure to urge people to wear masks while rioting.
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