SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) — Protesters marched throughout Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon, demanding justice in the deadly arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Groups were marching with signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.”

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The protest began just after 12 p.m. and was largely peaceful, but as of 2 p.m., smaller, separate groups of people were seen looting stores on the Third Street Promenade and 4th Street.

Many were seen running from the Vans store with merchandise in their hands.

Later, groups were seen smashing windows and trying to break into the Santa Monica Courthouse.

Multiple fires continued to burn after 6 p.m. and several police cruisers were defaced but as of 7 p.m., police reported that they had since been extinguished.

The Santa Monica Fire Department said that there were four structure fires, four car fires and one dumpster fire, as of 7:15 p.m.

CBSLA reporter Cristy Fajardo on the scene reported that bags of feces were also thrown at police.

The city of Santa Monica imposed a citywide curfew that took effect at 4 p.m. Sunday through 5:30 a.m. Monday. Emergency responders are exempt, as are those traveling to and from work or seeking or giving emergency care.

Police said they will be making arrests throughout the night for people caught engaging in criminal activity and breaking the curfew.

Individuals were arrested in Santa Monica as a curfew began to take effect on May 31. (CBS)

The National Guard was en route to Santa Monica on Sunday night, according to Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day.

During a press conference, officials urged residents to only call 911 for life-threatening emergency amid the large response from the police department being dispatched across the city in response to the growing unrest.

Comments (18)
  1. Joe says:

    I can guarantee that none of idiots even know who George Floyd is.
    Animals

  2. Steve says:

    And they want respect?
    If anything I’m now more racist than ever after seeing that footage.

  3. WILLIAM WHELPLEY says:

    this has NOTHING TO DO WITH FLOYD…

  4. Paul Smith says:

    I understand people want justice and change, so protest. But this unwarranted looting, theft, assault and vandalism on private/public properties are uncalled for. That is not justice. It is straight out criminal acts and just makes this entire situation worse.

  5. ga48 says:

    Just to be clear, the motivation for looting has nothing to do with anyone’s death; it has to do with the looter’s belief that because he or she is stronger they are entitled to there people’s property. They are also entitled to burn down other peoples buildings. This philosophy is pretty close to pure Marxism with a little nihilism thrown in.

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