Marches and demonstrations are planned in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Dana Point, Downey, Santa Monica and other locations Friday at the end of a week of protests. On Friday morning, a group of protesters marched on Venice Beach toward Santa Monica.
The protests, sparked by the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota and long-simmering anger over instances of police brutality, began as early as 8 a.m. in downtown Los Angeles and will continue through 5 p.m. in Long Beach.
A Black Lives Matter march in Dana Point from the Dana Point Harbor to Salt Creek Beach Park is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
An anti-police brutality protest at Harvey Milk Promenade Park at 185 E. Third St. in Long Beach is scheduled for 5 p.m. Organizers said attendees are required to wear face masks.
We'll have live updates below through the day.
Update 2:04 p.m.: Large Crowd Gathers in Lakewood
Protesters holding signs are gathering in Lakewood City Hall. Participants began to disperse before 2:30 p.m.
Update 12:41 p.m.: Gov. Newsom Demands Crowd Control Standards
At a midday news conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the development of standardized statewide rules for the use of crowd-control techniques such as tear gas or rubber bullets by law enforcement. He is also calling for a statewide end to training of law enforcement on carotid restraints, saying they have no place in police work.
Update 12:38 p.m.: Protest in Long Beach
Several hundred people gathered in the quad of Long Beach City College for a protest organized by students.
Update 11:15 a.m.: March on Venice Beach
A group of protesters appears to be marching from Venice Beach to Santa Monica.