The testing sites will be closed until further notice, officials said, “for the safety of the public and medical professionals.”
Shattered glass covered sidewalks, windows were smashed, doors were left ajar, plywood was torn down and members of the National Guard stood in camouflage uniforms holding machine guns on corners as local police and roamed the streets as news helicopters circled above.
A peaceful protest that drew thousands of demonstrators to the streets of Downtown Long Beach on Sunday was overtaken by widespread looting and destruction, which the city’s police chief said he had not anticipated.
The cleanup is one of several that had been organized by Sunday evening. Organizers of Clean-Up Long Beach said they will meet at 10 a.m. at the Long Beach Police Department, located at 400 W. Broadway.
Long Beach Police chief said officers will work to enforce the city’s 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew tonight and will “work to bring peace back to Long Beach.”
The crowd grew throughout the afternoon to numbers that seemed too large to contain violence, so the taut suspense that had grown since the morning continued.
Looters at one point smashed through a metal security gate at Kay Jewelers, ransacked a Hot Topic and then scattered as Long Beach Police SWAT marched slowly through the street.
No one can be on public streets, alleys, parks or other public places in the city during the curfew. This includes traveling on foot, on a bicycle, motorcycle or vehicle, officials said.
Because the African American male has been targeted for so long, we must stand together in prayer, positive protest and remain united until this long standing societal problem is changed and resolved.
Hundreds of people gathered to protest at police headquarters before marching through Downtown Long Beach on Sunday afternoon as cities across the nation saw demonstrations and some violent unrest stemming from the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.