Protesters gathered in downtown Long Beach Sunday, filling an intersection and surrounding two vehicles in one of many demonstrations against police brutality in the wake of Monday’s police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
A line of Long Beach police officers in riot gear stood by a few blocks away as the crowd converged on the two vehicles.
Police were already in a modified, stage-two tactical alert, anticipating a 3 p.m. demonstration in front of police headquarters at 400 W. Broadway.
“It means we’re prepared for anything that may go on,” Police Lt. James Richardson said. “We have the ability to pull resources if it is needed.”
“We’re prepared for it,” he said of the demonstration. “Hopefully, it will be peaceful.”
In preparation for the demonstration, windows of businesses along Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach were boarded up.
Long Beach issued a curfew from 8 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, though that was superseded by a countywide curfew that was scheduled to go into effect at 6 p.m.