IN PICTURES: A night of chaos in Long Beach

Sunday’s demonstration in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis broke down into two distinct parts.

The first, which began a little before 3 p.m., was the march that focused on matters of racial equality and police brutality. That part of the demonstration had broad support from not only those marching but spectators and motorists along the way who shouted and honked their support.

But, later that evening, the second half of the demonstration turned violent, with protesters clashing with police, and criminal, with looters smashing their way into numerous retail stores and restaurants in Downtown Long Beach.

These images, taken in the evening, reflect a city in turmoil.

A woman and other protesters stand the line on Ocean Blvd. during a protest of the death of George Floyd. Long Beach Sunday, May 31, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A looter at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Two women take cover as police shoot less-lethal rounds at them. Long Beach Sunday, May 31, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Looters run out of a Walgreens on Long Beach Boulevard. Long Beach Sunday, May 31, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A man raises his hands in front of the police line on Ocean Blvd. during a protest of the death of George Floyd. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach police direct a man to leave on Ocean Blvd. The man was later shot by a less-lethal round. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach police shoot less-lethal rounds at a protester on Ocean Blvd. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A man lies on the ground after being hit by a less-lethal weapon while protesting at Ocean Blvd. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A demonstrator shows his wound after being hit by a less-lethal weapon while protesting on Ocean Blvd. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach police hold their line at the Promenade during a protest of the death of George Floyd. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Two people shot with rubber bullets by police receive first aid from other protestors on Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon RIchardson.

Protestors faced off with police at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, arms raised. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A firework shoots off as demonstrators run at Pine Avenue and Broadway. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A protester stands in front of the Long Beach police line at Pine Avenue and Broadway. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A Long Beach police officer trains his less-lethal weapon at the crowd at Pine Avenue and Broadway. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A demonstrator throws a water bottle at a Long Beach police as it comes through the crowd during protest. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

People loot Hot Topic at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon RIchardson.

Looters ransack the Express Factory Outlet at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Protestors turned to looting at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon RIchardson.

Photo by Kelly Puente

Protestors protect Nike store in the Pike Outlets after looters attempted to enter it. Photo by Kelly Puente.

Protesters confront LBPD, at Pine Avenue, as they protest police brutality, sparked by the recent death of George Floyd, by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Police form a line blocking access to Pine Avenue from Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Officers march toward protestors at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, Sunday. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Police officers found themselves surround by protestors at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Protesters face off with police at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, while others loot nearby stores. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Officers faceoff with peaceful protestors while looters plunder stores at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Looters smashed the door of the Express Factory Outlet at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

The aftermath of looting on 5th Street at The Streets in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Protestors keep their hands in the air minutes before police began firing rubber bullets into the crowd in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A protestor holds their skateboard over their head as a police line advances in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A bubblegum machine lays smashed, its contents littering the sidewalk, after looting on 5th Street at The Streets in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Looters destroy product cases inside a Walgreens in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A protesters spins his tires along Pine Avenue, as people protest police brutality, sparked by the recent death of George Floyd. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Protesters ride in a classic car along Pine Avenue, as they protest police brutality. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Protesters confront LBPD, at Pine Avenue, as they protest police brutality. Photo by Stephen Carr.

A man sprays graffiti along Pine Ave., as protesters gathered in Downtown Long Beach, protesting police brutality. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Looters at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Looters at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

A looter kicks in the window at Express Factory Outlet. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Looters at Express Factory Outlet. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Looters at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Looters at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

A looter smashes a window with his skateboard, at Forever 21, at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Protesters and LBPD at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

A man smashes the window of an LBPD cruiser with a hammer, at The Pike Outlets. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Looters on Pine Ave. Photo by Stephen Carr.

LBPD points a gun with rubber bullets at protesters on Pine Ave. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Looters exit King’s Fish House on Pine Ave. Photo by Stephen Carr.

A man documents protesters on Pine Ave., in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Protesters tip over a burning refrigerator. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Protesters tip over a burning refrigerator. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Smokes rise from a clothing store that caught fire at the corner of 7th Street and Pine Ave. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Two looters, one being treated for dog bites, are taken into custody at a shoe store at 2541 East Anaheim Street. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Two protestors hold their hands up as they back away from an advancing police line in Downtown Long Beach, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

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