Santa Monica & Beverly Hills Impose Early-Afternoon Curfews Again Today

Two of the Los Angeles-area cities hit by looters over the weekend again have set curfews for this afternoon and tonight. Beverly Hills will close down at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and Santa Monica will follow suit at 2 p.m.

Both curfews extend to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Westside cities were the sites of protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police — Beverly Hills on Saturday and Santa Monica on Sunday.

The City and County of L.A. have yet to issue curfews for Tuesday, after imposing them in previous days. Culver City, which also locked down on Monday after some looting on Sunday, also has not imposed a curfew for today.

Protesters and agitators targeted Rodeo Drive on Saturday as the famed tony Beverly Hills street trended on Twitter and people were encouraged to go there to protest. On Sunday, there were peaceful assemblies in Santa Monica that took place as looters were hitting the Santa Monica Place shopping center and other nearby businesses. Police used teargas and fired rubber bullets at protesters near the pier around 4:30 p.m. as civil unrest engulfed the city and looting happened about a half-mile away.

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Meanwhile, about 150 peaceful protesters marched through the streets of Venice on Tuesday morning, walking past boarded-up shops on trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard. There have been no reports of looting there thus far. There are plans for a midday protest in Hollywood, where some vandalism and looting happened Monday.

Los Angeles Police Department officials said arrest totals from Monday still were being tabulated as of late morning. NBC News reported that the Hollywood Division alone made a single-day record 585 arrests, including 20 for looting, and impounded 50 vehicles. The remainder mostly were for curfew violations.

In New York City, which has been rocked by vandalism and looting amid protests, has extended its 8 p.m. curfew through Sunday.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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