Fear among retailers and brands protesting in Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd’s move to looting has been realized in many areas.
On Saturday night, around 6 pm, a Alexander McQueen a store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills was burglarized and looted, according to a live video aired by the local CBS station. Dozens of especially young men flowed into McQueen’s shop after the door glass was broken. The large display window is marked with “Make America Pay.” The shop hasn’t been closed like most of its neighbors the day before. Some who entered the shop ran out of merchandise and bags.
Not long before, para Gucci The shop on the rodeo was marked by “Eat the rich” and managed to break through the blue plywood barricade and begin to destroy the glass facade behind, but left when the police started crashing. Dozens of police, many wearing riot clothing, were present in and around the Rodeo area since the afternoon when protests in LA began to grow and move west from the Fairfax / Grove area in LA. The police did not try to stop the looting of the criminals. McQueen’s shop.
At 6:30 pm, the CBS station showed a video of Nordstrom’s department store inside The Grove shopping center whose rear entrance was broken into, allowing looting of merchandise to begin. The Apple store in Grove was also burglarized and looted, like the Ray-Ban shop.
That Marc Jacobs on Melrose Ave. has also been violated at this time, with the glass door shattered. The store does not block the window, but from the video on social media it appears that the shop is free from available merchandise. The unbroken glass in the shop window reads “F *** capitalism.” Large placard reading Marc Jacobs at the entrance there were names added by George Floyd and Sandra Bland. Floyd was killed Monday by a police officer when arrested in Minneapolis for non-violent crime, which sparked a wave of protests today in the US. Bland was found hanged in a prison cell in Texas in 2015 after being detained by police at a traffic stop.
Just before 8 pm, Flight Club, a popular sneaker shoe store in Fairfax with many expensive couples, damaged its metal gates and quickly looted merchandise. Dozens of people enter empty-handed and come out with display shoes, which are usually wrapped by shops, and all the boxes they can carry. Many shoe boxes were littered on the sidewalks and streets in front of shops when looters passed merchandise and some even filled cars with shoe boxes. The police did not intervene when the looters repeatedly entered.
At 9 pm more shops were looted, including the Adidas Originals location in Melrose, which also had a raised metal gate, a broken glass door and saw most of its merchandise taken, and Urban Outfitters nearby. Also at Melrose in West Hollywood the location of the Real Estate was broken up and looted. Little trio retail the company at Melrose was also set on fire: Tony K. shoe store, Reloaded, clothing store, and Dr. Martens. Target stores in the Fairfax neighborhood were also looted at this time.
Shortly before 7 pm L.A instituted a city-wide curfew of 8 things. because the protest became even more chaotic. Shortly before, a meeting in front of The Grove was officially deemed illegal by the police, which led to a number of arrests. Last night on Thursday, during a protest at L.A. concentrated in the Downtown area, police reportedly arrested around 500 people.
“This is no longer a protest, this is destruction,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Saturday night. But the curfew did not do much to deter all people and demonstrators, thousands of them still out on the streets of L.A as 8 p.m. be approached. Police A. Saturday night said that they had mobilized the entire police force, nearly 10,000 officers. This is the first time all police forces have been mobilized since 1994, when a devastating earthquake hit the San Fernando Valley region in County A.
At 8:30 pm, California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to the state’s National Guard to come to L.A. and help the police. They are expected to arrive in the city at midnight.
This is the third night of protest in L.A., which is mostly peaceful. Other cities throughout the US also faced protests, including Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Washington D.C., Philadelphia Atlanta, Tampa, Brooklyn and Minneapolis, the city where George Floyd was killed.
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