Oscar Flores of FoxLa shared an extremely disturbing video of looting taking place in Santa Monica.
In the video, looters try breaking into another business in Santa Monica right in front of TV cameras even violently shoving a peaceful protester holding a “end all violence” sign out of the way but the protestor stood her ground and others came to help and prevented looters from breaking in.
In the second video below, she is interviewed.
#BREAKING: Looters try breaking into another business in Santa Monica right in front of TV cameras even violently shoving a peaceful protester out of the way but the protestor stood her ground and others came to help and prevented looters from breaking in. pic.twitter.com/uQxnyx49Ld
— Oscar Flores (@oflores) May 31, 2020
— Oscar Flores (@oflores) May 31, 2020
LA Times reports Santa Monica was hit by extensive looting and vandalism on Sunday amid large new protests that took place across Southern California. Los Angeles County imposed a 6 p.m. curfew in hopes of helping control the unrest.
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.
The city issued a 4 p.m. curfew and some protesters were in a tense standoff with police, who were firing less-than-lethal weapons after some demonstrators threw objects toward them.
Shortly before 2 p.m., however, dozens of looters stormed Santa Monica Place, smashing windows of Louis Vuitton and several other stores. They left before police arrived.
Looters also ransacked the Vans at 400 Broadway, stealing shoes and skateboards from the store and storage room.
People carried merchandise past the Promenade as police guarding 3rd Street watched them walk by. They ran to a nearby alley, found what looked to be the back entrance to a store and swarmed inside.
Amid sirens blaring and shouts of “police!” the group ran back out of the alley, carrying shoeboxes. Some of them were picked up by a waiting car. They rushed to stuff the merchandise inside while police on motorcycles approached.
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. Next door, people smashed the window of a jewelry store. Firefighters at a neighboring station urged residents to go inside.
Police shut down all off-ramps into Santa Monica from the 10 Freeway and Pacific Coast Highway and told people to avoid the downtown area.
In response to the unrest, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced a countywide curfew beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday and ending at 6 a.m. Monday. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia also announced a curfew in Long Beach from 8 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
Paul Cain, owner of The Britannia Pub on Santa Monica Blvd, said he called police around 1 p.m. to get a report about how safe it was outside. They told him the protesters were peaceful, marching down Ocean Ave, and that he had nothing to worry about.
What seemed like moments later, he saw waves of crowds on the street. He ushered his customers sitting on the patio inside where they watched looters storm the area.
“The people were outside eating and drinking, and all of a sudden it arrived,” he said. “It happened in waves.”
More than four hours later the looting throughout Santa Monica had not lost steam. Protesters crashed store windows with hammers and ran in, taking what they could before police arrived. Store alarms and police sirens sounded throughout the area. Bystanders and drivers all slowed to watch the destruction, many holding their phones out to document what was happening. It was a lawless scene, with few obeying approaching sirens or street lights.
Inside the Britannia Pub Every so often, Cain would shout and point out the window toward people carrying arm loads of merchandise from the Gap and other stores.
“Take a picture of that,” he said “he must be carrying his body weight in jeans.”