July 7, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Looting Underway in Santa Monica as National Guard Arrives

Update: 9:45 p.m. – in a 9:27 p.m press release, the City of Santa Monica announced that the United States National Guard is on the ground.

The Santa Monica Fire Department said that there have been four structure fires, four car fires and one dumpster fire, as of 9:46 p.m. No active fires are burning at the time of publishing.

No Santa Monica police officers have been injured as of 9:27 p.m., according to the City.

The City is telling people leaving Santa Monica to head east.

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Update 7:12 p.m. – at a 7 p.m. press conference, Mayor Pro Tempore Terry O’Day said “we understand that this peaceful protest was not part of the looting.”

In addition, SMPD Chief Cynthia Renaud said at the press conference that “We are making arrests as we speak.”

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George Floyd Protests come to Santa Monica

By Sam Catanzaro

The Third Street Promenade and downtown Santa Monica are currently being looted as police have deployed rubber bullets and smoke bombs while the National Guard has arrived.

At 1:51 p.m. the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) tweeted that the public should avoid the downtown and Civic Center area due to the looting that had begun in the area.

At noon a peaceful protest against the police killing of George Floyd began at Montana Avenue and Ocean Avenue. Protestors marched down Ocean Avenue to the Santa Monica Pier.

Protestors then started going east Montana Avenue, breaching a police barricade, a little after 1 p.m.

A little after 1:30 p.m., Fox 11 Los Angeles footage began showing looters at the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. At the same time, peaceful protestors were seen making their way up Montana Avenue.

Reports say that a Vans, Gap, Nike, REI and Vons stores are among businesses targeted by looters.

According NBC 4, a fire has broken out inside REI.

According to ABC 7, one group of looters escaped in a Mercedes Benz getaway car with Florida plates.

Protestors on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica Sunday. Photo: Sam Catanzaro.

The City of Santa Monica has extended a curfew that will be in place from 4 p.m. Sunday to 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Los Angeles County has also announced that a countywide curfew will go into effect at 6 p.m.

According to the SMPD, all I-10 and PCH off-ramps into Santa Monica are now closed by the California Highway Patrol.

According to Fox 11, the National Guard has arrived in Santa Monica around 4 p.m.

Police have deployed tear gas, smoke bombs and non-lethal bullets at protestors who are throwing objects, including rocks and M-80 firecrackers, at police.

Around 4 p.m. shots were reportedly fired from a vehicle at police at Lincoln Boulevard and Ocean Grant Street. According to the reports, no officers were injured and a suspect is in custody, though one officer was shot in the foot. Two other suspects may remain.

A building on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 4th Street caught fire a little before 5 p.m.

Around 5:15 p.m. a car was shown up in flames around the Santa Monica Civic Center.

At 5:30 p.m., SMPD Chief Cynthia Renaud announced that the Department will begin making arrests for people violating the curfew.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is also on the scene, along with the Culver City Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.

This story is still developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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