Protesters in Santa Ana
Protesters in Santa Ana. Courtesy OnScene.TV

About 50 people defied a curfew in Santa Ana to protest the recent shooting death of an 18-year-old armed suspect by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, but no arrests were reported Tuesday morning.

The curfew began at 10 p.m. Monday and was set to expire at 5 a.m., according to the city, which implemented the curfew to prepare for “possible civil unrest” during the protest.

“The City of Santa Ana supports the public’s right to peaceably assemble and protest outside of the curfew hours,” a post on the city’s Instagram account read. “The Santa Ana Police Department will be actively monitoring the situation to maintain public safety.”

Protesters stood on a street corner at Bristol Street and McFadden Avenue, with officers nearby, video from the scene showed. The protest ended about 10:15 p.m., the Orange County Register reported.

Earlier, protesters marched in the streets, set off fireworks and, at times, laid down on the road, to demand answers in the shooting death of 18-year-old security guard Andres Guardado near Gardena on Thursday afternoon. Guardado, who worked at a body shop, wasn’t wearing a uniform and was too young to legally serve as a security guard in California.

No arrests or acts of violence were reported.

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