National Guard Leaves City of LA

Ameera Butt
June 08, 2020 - 10:18 am

The National Guard is pulling out of the city of Los Angeles.

In a story that the LA Times broke on Sunday morning, the newspaper reported "One source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said the pullout could be completed later Sunday. A second source said that a small number of Guard members remain to protect some key L.A. assets but that most have returned to their bases."

On Sunday afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the California National Guard is leaving LA Sunday night.

“The California National Guard is departing Los Angeles this evening. A small number of units will be stationed nearby until June 10 to provide emergency support if needed," Garcetti said. “I’m proud that our city has been peaceful this week — and that our residents are leading a powerful movement to make Los Angeles more just, equitable, and fair for Black Angelenos, communities of color, and all of our workers, youth, and families."

"The National Guard is pulling out of the Los Angeles area, a week after being deployed amid largely peaceful protests and some scattered looting in a few areas, two sources familiar with the plan told The Times on Sunday," the story reported.

The California National Guard was deployed to the city of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti last Saturday night.

This came after the mayor imposed a curfew city-wide last Saturday night for consecutive days last week in response to the protests and crowds happening across the city in response to George Floyd's death.  LA County had its own curfews in place last week. Since Floyd's death there have been protests across Los Angeles and SoCal with the majority of them ending up being peaceful in recent days.

Numerous larger cities across the U.S. imposed curfews last Saturday as they faced more protesters and looting in the face of Floyd's death and President Trump's response to dealing with looters.

Just last week, charges were also brought against the other three Minneapolis police officers who were on the scene during Floyd's death. Additional charges were also filed against ex-cop Derek Chauvin.

“I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard — and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of violence or vandalism,” said Mayor Garcetti in a press release Saturday night. “The vast majority of people taking to the streets are doing it peacefully, powerfully, and with reverence, for the sacred cause they’re fighting for. This curfew is in place to protect their safety — and the safety of all who live and work in our city.”

The Fairfax District in LA was one of the sites of unrest between crowds angered and saddened by Floyd's death and the LAPD last Saturday.

Garcetti told KNX Saturday night that the violence will have long-lasting impacts on the city's economy and take a big toll on peoples' lives who were disrupted by COVID-19.

"It took us more than 20 years to return to the employment levels of Los Angeles that we had in 1992 after the unrest. Businesses that are already struggling, workers who are hoping to get back to work and folks who are immigrants and just getting by were the ones, who were supposed to this weekend, have more hope and the destructive actions of a few are destroying that hope. And we are not going to tolerate that," he said.

Meanwhile, LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore welcomed the move of the National Guard coming in.

"The National Guard is going to allow us, with as much damage as we have here and as many businesses both here and in downtown Los Angeles and the uncertainty about how extensive this activity is going to continue is going to allow us to hold onto ground and post those National Guard to secure locations. As you've seen we go to locations, we secure it and even make arrests and then only to have to come back  to the location because others come in behind us so this is going to allow us to hold ground at hundreds of locations without taxing our police resources which will allow us to go out and ensure the safety of communities,"  he said.

The National Guard will be working with LAPD and others will be under the authority of the LA Sheriff's Department.

City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson is not happy about the idea of National Guard troops being deployed to the streets.