During Period (May 31-June 1) When Lootings/Comm'l Burgs/Vandalism Victimized LB Businesses From Downtown To Beyond, LBPD Arrested 24 Adults + 2 Juveniles, Cited 56 Persons, And Is Currently Reviewing VIDEO Evidence For Add'l Possible Arrests
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|(June 7, 2020, 5:20 a.m.) -- Between May 31 at 6:02 p.m. and June 1 at 4:34 a.m., the Long Beach Police Department arrested 24 adults and 2 juveniles, and cited 56 individuals during the period when looting, vandalism, commercial burglaries and fires victimized businesses at the Pike and downtown Long Beach before expanding into part of Central LB, Wrigley, Bixby Knolls, NLB, ELB and SE LB.
The arrest numbers aren't complete...because LBPD is in the process of examining VIDEO evidence -- including clips submitted by individuals at a specially established portal here [with details here] -- which may result in additional arrests.
Details on the citations issued aren't immediately available.
LBPD booking log entries for the period indicate no arrests were made for looting/commercial burglaries at the Pike and only three arrests in downtown Long Beach commercial areas (6th/Pine (May 31 9:44 p.m.) and 6th/LB Blvd (May 31 10:40 p.m. and June 1 (2:47 a.m.) [one other was at 400 W. Broadway/LBPD HQ.]
Most of the arresting locations were in Central LB along Anaheim St. and in the 2300-2500 blocks of LB Blvd. (south of Willow St.) (Chronologically and geographically, the first arrest was an outlier at NE ELB's Town Center (Carson St. near the 605 freeway) on suspicion of arson to property.)
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Prior to the criminal activity, a large peaceful march protesting the Minneapolis PD officer-involved death of George Floyd traveled from downtown LB, into Alamitos Beach and returned to DTLB.
LBPD Public Information Officer Jennifer De Prez and PIO Lt. James Richardson followed up on a request by LBREPORT.com and provided booking lots for the period. PIO De Prez says in an accompanying email:
Due to the large number of suspects taken into custody from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, officers were not able to utilize our standard electronic booking process. As such, bookings were handwritten. It took several days to gather the booking information associated with the civil unrest, enter it into the booking system and verify accuracy of the data prior providing it publicly. We determined a timeframe we believe most arrests associated with the civil unrest occurred, which we identified as between 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, and 10 a.m. on Monday, June 1. During this timeframe, a total of 28 individuals were arrested [LBREPORT.com excluded two arrests, one for what appeared to be domestic violence, another for a midafternoon residential burglary] for various charges and 56 individuals were cited. Additionally, the Department launched an online portal seeking the publicís help to receive photo and video evidence of criminal activity that occurred during the May 31 demonstrations and subsequent recent incidents of civil unrest. All attempts will be made to link the evidence we receive to current crime reports and investigations.
As previously reported by LBREORT.com, Long Beach's Mayor/City Council currently budgets roughly 1.6 officers per thousand residents. By comparison, L.A.'s Mayor/Council budget roughly 2.5 officers per thousand residents (not including Airport/Port police.) Signal Hill (surrounded by Long Beach) budgets roughly 3.15 sworn officers per thousand residents for its taxpayers.
LB's per capita budgeted citywide deployable police level is roughly equivalent per capita to what Los Angeles would have if it cut funding for roughly a third of LAPD officers.
In anticipation of the protest march, LBPD went on a "modified tactical alert" which made more than the usual number of officers available. But after a large demonstration in Los Angeles turned into looting 24 hours earlier, and a larger than expected crowd materialized for the 3 p.m. LB protest march, by the 4 p.m. hour LBPD requested "mutual aid" from surrounding jurisdictions. By the 8 p.m. hour, roughly three hours after looting began at the Pike and moved into areas beyond, the City asked Governor Gavin Newsom to send the National Guard
As previously reported by LBRPORT.com, Councilwoman Stacy Mungo told KNX/1070 Newsradio on June 2 (7 p.m. hour) that LB had looitng, damage and vandalism at about 170 businesses out of 43,000 ciywide.
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