Peaceful Long Beach Protest Turns Into Citywide Looting; Mayor/Council Spending Choices Left City With Significantly Thinner Per Capita Police Level Than L.A.. LB Forced To Seek "Mutual Aid" From Other Agencies, Then National Guard
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|(June 1, 2020, 4:35 a.m.) -- A large crowd (some carrying visibly anti-police signs) peacefully protested the Minneapolis PD's officer-involved death of unarmed George Floyd by marching (starting at 3 p.m.) from downtown Long Beach into Alamitos Heights and returned downtown...and by early in the 5 p.m. hour looting began in the downtown Pike area.
Some protest marchers tried to block looters from entering Pike businesses and shouted "shame" as the looters left with merchndise,but they were rapidly overwhelmed and police were initially invisible,.
Within a few hours (and ignoring an 8 p.m. declared curfew), looting spread across nearly all the city from Central LB into Wrigley through Bixby Knolls into NLB and by the 10 p.m. hour into parts of ELB.
Long Beach, L.A. County's second largest city, had been left vulnerable to rioting that struck Los Angeles 24 hours earlier by budgets (recommended by LB Mayor Robert Garcia and approved by LB's City Council) that left Long Beach with a thin police level roughly equivalent per capita to cutting over a third of L.A.'s police officers.
By roughly 4 p.m., LBPD seeking "mutual aid" from police/sheriff agencies in nearby areas. By the 8 p.m. hour, Mayor Garcia was reduced to asking Governor Gavin Newsom to send in the National Guard (a request the Governor granted.)
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|As of 4 a.m. Monday June 1, the full extent of the looting isn't officially confirmed and LBPD isn't able to confirm individual locations for now. Accordingly, LBREPORT.com reports locaiions where we have reason to believe looting or related fires occurred subject to subsequent confirmation. (If you have photos or video you captured (not from some third party), feel free to share it with our readers by emailing it or a link to it at mail@LBReport.com let us know the location and time
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