A countywide 6 p.m. curfew is in place for all of Los Angeles County, including Santa Clarita, on Sunday after unrest across the Southland, officials said.
The curfew from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday was put in place for the entire Los Angeles County area after a similar curfew was put in place for just the City of Los Angeles on Saturday.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the fifth district including Santa Clarita, has declared a state of emergency after looting and other crime has been reported in the county.
“This emergency comes as we are in the midst of battling another emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This taxes our resources, but not our resolve,” Barger said. “We will do everything in our power to keep our communities safe and protect lives and property. I continue to call on our residents to maintain calm and seek solutions productively, not destructively.”
Hundreds of demonstrators in Santa Clarita gathered to protest Saturday.
At the time, the Watch Commander on duty at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, Lt. Ethan Marquez, addressed the crowd of protesters outside the station just before noon, stating that there were “peaceful” protesters.
The L.A. County state of emergency would allow the County to “mobilize local resources, coordinate interagency response, accelerate procurement of vital supplies, use of mutual aid, and allow for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments will be critical in successfully responding to this emergency.”
The state of emergency is set to last up to seven days, but it can be extended if ratified by the full County Board of Supervisors.
“This is a time for us to come together to stand against injustice in ways that will make us stronger as a County and as a nation,” Barger said. “If you are assembling to protest, please do so peacefully and with respect for all those who are suffering.
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