A woman in Santa Monica screamed to looters Sunday to stop their behavior because it could help President Trump.
“This is going to get Trump reelected. Please stop.” She pleaded “Think first. Do not get Trump reelected for your behavior. Please, Santa Monica. We don’t want Trump reelected.”
According to Brianna Sacks, the woman was standing outside a pillaged Vans while pleading.
"This is gonna get Trump reelected! Please stop! Think first! Do not get Trump reelected for your behavior!"
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 1, 2020
The Los Angeles Times reported the tension was palpable Sunday in Santa Monica.
What started as a peaceful protest along Ocean Avenue devolved into chaos around 1 p.m., as looters smashed storefronts in the Santa Monica Place mall and other downtown businesses. Police said they made hundreds of arrests and that the National Guard had arrived to help.
Couples sitting and enjoying meals at recently opened restaurants looked stunned as cars dropped off people, many of them wearing masks and hoodies, who then broke into a pharmacy on 7th and Broadway. Several looters stormed inside and took handfuls of items.
At the same time, demonstrators walked from the Santa Monica Pier north along Ocean Avenue, carrying signs and chanting.
“A peaceful protest is underway along Ocean Avenue between Montana and Colorado,” the city said in a statement issued at 1:15 p.m. “The Santa Monica Police Department is on site and has a presence throughout the community.”
The demonstration was meant to decry the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The unarmed black man died in custody after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes, despite Floyd’s pleas that he couldn’t breathe.
But as the protest got underway, looters swarmed the downtown area in what appeared to be an organized attack. Cars dropped them off in front of businesses, they smashed windows and grabbed what they could, and when police approached, they jumped back into the waiting cars.
Dozens stormed the Santa Monica Place mall, smashing the windows of a Louis Vuitton store and several other shops. The mall entrance was blocked by a gated barrier, but the crowd got through, leaving with armloads of clothing and other goods before police arrived.
A few blocks away, on 4th Street and Broadway, a Vans store was breached. Scores ran inside, stealing shoes and skateboards from the showroom and a storage area. Some loaded merchandise into plastic crates.