A second 6 p.m. Los Angeles County curfew has been put into place, including Santa Clarita, on Monday following looting in several cities across Southern California, officials said.
The Monday L.A. County curfew has been set for the entire Los Angeles County area from 6 p.m. Monday, June 1 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 2 after the first curfew was put into place the day before.
.@LacoSheriff Alex Villanueva, & The Chair of @LACountyBOS, @kathrynbarger, have EXTENDED the Countywide curfew for all @CountyofLA in response to civil disturbances. It is effective today, 06-01-2020, starting at 6:00 PM, till 6:00 AM 06-02-2020. Visit https://t.co/SbCqaEwROE pic.twitter.com/FBtOfTBcH8
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) June 1, 2020
To ensure a “timely departure” of all residents before the 6 p.m. curfew, all Los Angeles County golf courses, trails, community gardens, community and regional parks are set to close at 4 p.m. Monday.
The curfew in Los Angeles County does not apply to individuals going to or from work, those experiencing homelessness and without a viable shelter and those seeking medical treatment, according to the action.
The Los Angeles County curfew also does not apply to peace officers, firefighters, the National Guard or any other military personnel, according to the order.
Anyone found in violation of the L.A. County curfew is subject to a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $1,000 fine, imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the fifth district including Santa Clarita, has declared a state of emergency after looting and other crimes have been reported throughout 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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