BREAKING: California National Guard being deployed to Los Angeles

Saturday evening, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcia tweeted:

The California National Guard is being deployed to Los Angeles overnight to support our local response to maintain peace and safety on the streets of our city.

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Los Angeles Daily News reports an overnight curfew went into effect for the entire city of Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, amid ongoing protests demanding justice for George Floyd, an African American man who died this week after a white officer kneeled on his neck in Minnesota.

Mayor Eric Garcetti also called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to deploy as many as 700 National Guard troops to the region to assist as the protests became more violent.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, Garcetti tweeted that the National Guard would arrive overnight.

The Guard’s mission, he tweeted, would be “to support our local response to maintain peace and safety on the streets of our city.”

Garcetti ordered the curfew, which will last until 5:30 a.m. Sunday, in an attempt to quell the anger that boiled over during Friday night’s downtown protests, leading to an unlawful assembly order, buildings getting damaged and broken into, police vehicles being vandalized, and more than 500 people being arrested — one on suspicion of attempted murder.

Hours after making the announcement, Garcetti said he and Los Angeles County officials had called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to deploy the National Guard to the region.

“This is no longer protest,” Garcetti told KABC in a live television broadcast as he announced the request. “This is vandalism, and everybody’s in danger.”