Chaos hit Santa Monica, California Sunday with an Amazon truck being caught on video being looted.
Amazon trucks looted in Santa Monica, CA.
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Per MSN, hundreds of people walked from the Santa Monica Pier north along Ocean Avenue, carrying signs and chanting. The demonstration decrying the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, was peaceful.
Shortly before 2 p.m., however, the KTLA news helicopter captured video of several dozen looters running from the nearby Santa Monica Place shopping center with armloads of clothing.
Looters also ransacked the Vans at 400 Broadway, stealing shoes and skateboards from the store and storage room.
A couple blocks away, at 7th Street and Broadway, people were seen breaking into a pharmacy, using a skateboard to shatter the window before climbing inside.
In Huntington Beach, police declared a protest near the pier an unlawful assembly about 1 p.m., said Angela Bennett, public information officer for the Huntington Beach Police Department.
She estimated about 500 people were demonstrating and said there were no reports of violence or vandalism. Video footage showed police officers lining up to face the protesters near Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street. No arrests had been made as of 1:45 p.m., Bennett said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday imposed an overnight curfew for a second night in the wake of the worst unrest in the city in decades, warning millions of residents and would-be protesters that they could be arrested if they ventured outside after 8 p.m.
The curfew, in effect until 5:30 a.m. Monday, is necessary to maintain order after two straight nights of looting, arson and tense clashes between police and protesters in the street, Garcetti said.
“When times demand it,” the mayor said, “strong steps are required to bring peace back to our city.”
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