"They took everything from us, and no one stopped them. By Sam Catanzaro. It was so violating.". Wide-spread looting occurs in stores off Broadway as police attempt to clear a sit-in protest for the killing of George Floyd on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica on Sunday, May 31, 2020. A Santa Monica, Calif., liquor store owner and his friends defend the store with guns during the looting. Councilmember Sue Himmelrich had previously asked the police department conduct an after Negrete and her husband were at the beach with their two daughters, 10 and 12, when they saw that one of the girls' bike tires had been slashed. Destruction to the Santa Monica Music Center after Sunday's riots Santa Monica’s elected leaders, public agency heads, and 90,000 residents remain haunted by the memory of May 31, when organized gangs of looters took advantage of … She also pointed out that cellos and other instruments they believe to belong to them have started cropping up on Craigslist. or redistributed. Santa Monica Prioritizing Life and Safety During Protests and Looting. US coronavirus: New York City to close schools in some areas as Northeast sees rise in new cases. Gadi Schwartz reports from Santa Monica, California, where looters ransacked a sneaker store. Legal Statement. (AP). Law enforcement prevented the protesters from moving further up the street, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported. "It wasn't just about taking the stuff. May 31, 2020. "We are tax-paying, hard-working people. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. We give back to charities every month even though we don't have much money ourselves. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Pastor Darrell Scott discusses concerns for social media's influence on the growing violence across the country. "It was just a horror movie," Lana Negrete, 40, who now co-owns the center with her father Chico and runs the business with her husband. The Santa Monica Music Center had been a staple in the area since 1972 Santa Monica declares curfew after looting, fires break out blocks away from protest KABC 6/1/2020. The Los Angeles Police Department was assisting Santa Monica police to contain the crowd, Fox 11 reported. Legal Statement. "They don't know who they are stealing from; we don't make much money, we're low-income ourselves. "One of the guys got out of his car and looked at my friend's baseball bat and said, 'what the f*ck you going to do with that?' But if that wasn't enough, the looters also went about destroying the cash registers, smashing display cases and busting up furniture. Santa Monica Looting during George Floyd Protests - YouTube A large group separate from protesters actively looting stores in Santa Monica earlier today (Sunday, May 31). The police response varied from restrained to aggressive, with officers at times firing tear gas and rubber bullets. She said 80 percent of their business has been obliterated, and right now, it's a fight between the landlord and the insurance over who is responsible for paying for what. On Sunday, at around 2 p.m. local time, a calm rally in Santa Monica was disrupted by looters breaking into the 3rd Street Promenade. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. "I'm struggling, and I have a family to feed too, and we don't qualify for any help from the government," she added, her voice breaking into tears. As looting takes place in Santa Monica on Sunday, a couple of protesters put their lives in danger by standing in front of the REI store to stop the ransacking. Legal Statement. But small business owners also were targeted. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. (Lana Negrete), "I saw 16-year-old girls in designer clothes stealing, I saw a woman with a small child in the back drive up and push her 13-year-old son, who looked nervous, out of the car to go in and steal," Negrete said. I saw a woman with snakeskin pants with her face pressed up against the glass of our store, and then she called a group over," Negrete recalled, bringing to life every elastic second of her ordeal. Santa Monica begins cleanup after day of looting, fires; curfew in effect since 1:30 p.m. That was something of an omen of what was soon to come as the family made their way east toward their beloved business. SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – As looters were ransacking stores in Santa Monica Sunday during the George Floyd protests, one man took matters into his own hands. The Santa Monica Freeway was shut down around 2 p.m. 4.8K; 5/31/2020 5:38 PM PT Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Hundreds of people gathered around noon to march down Ocean Boulevard, holding signs that read: “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe,” among others. ", Protesters chant and raise their fists while blocking traffic on a street corner in Santa Monica, Calif., Sunday, May 31, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. A citywide curfew was in place in Santa Monica Monday as the community grapples with the aftermath of widespread looting with over 100 businesses damaged. The crowd and police mostly dispersed, but a smaller group of the protesters started looting some stores and setting off fireworks. This was everything we had. Follow him on Twitter, Pastor Darrell Scott on growing concerns for social media's role in countrywide violence. "We heard windows being smashed. Pastor Darrell Scott discusses concerns for social media's influence on the growing violence across the country. Market data provided by Factset. or redistributed. All rights reserved. As of Wednesday, Negrete said, the police still had not come to take a report. The City of Santa Monica issued a curfew, Monday, June 1, 2020 effective at 1:30 p.m. citywide through 5:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 2. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. According to the frightened Music Center owner, they were informed that police could not get to the scene, and if they were registered gun owners, they could protect their private property. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. The looting hit large chain businesses like Vans, Vons, banks and other retailers in and around the Santa Monica Place mall. Tons of bricks were also used to smash windows in and around the area. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Amid the chaos, Santa Monica pushed up its Sunday curfew to 4 p.m. from 8 p.m. and extended the hours to 5:30 a.m. Monday. BREAKING: Santa Monica Place now being looted in broad daylight at the end of the 3rd Street Promenade. Nestled on 19th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, the center – started in 1972 by Cuban-Spanish brothers Paul "Chico" and Victor Fernandez – rented out musical instruments at low costs to local schools and anyone looking to learn who couldn't afford to buy their own. A peaceful protest in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday over the death of George Floyd descended into chaos after some of the protesters started looting local businesses, with the ransacking caught on video. (Lana Negrete). Santa Monica restaurants and other businesses were ordered to close by 1 p.m. Monday the day after looting and vandalism in the city. Santa Monica and Long Beach were both hard hit. Hollie McKay has a been a Fox News Digital staff reporter since 2007. ", A man exits with clothing from a store Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif., during unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Another friend had a gun put in his face and was called a f**got-ass b*tch.". The violence only escalated as more and more looters descended. "But soon, it started with groups of five. "There were gunshots fired, and those trying to help us had guns pulled on them," Negrete tremored. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. It was absolute anarchy," Negrete noted. City officials imposed a 4 p.m. curfew – up from an 8 p.m. curfew that neighboring cities had also implemented to quell the unrest. Police make several arrests. "And I even have a cell phone here from one of the looters. Last Sunday in Santa Monica, a day of protests turned into an afternoon and evening of vandalism and looting. (Lana Negrete). Over 400 arrested in Santa Monica . The Associated Press contributed to this report. Police and peaceful protesters alike pleaded for a stop to violence, saying it weakened calls for justice and reform. As looting takes place in Santa Monica on Sunday, a couple of protesters put their lives in danger by standing in front of the REI store to stop the ransacking. PHILADELPHIA FACES LOOTING, POLICE CARS RANSACKED AS TRUMP DEMANDS ‘LAW & ORDER’ AMID GEORGE FLOYD UNREST. Santa Monica police officers rolled up on motorcycles shortly before 3 p.m. and entered the shoe store with guns drawn. William La Jeunesse reports from outside vandalized stores in Santa Monica. For almost five decades, Santa Monica Music Center was an oasis of arts and education that gave all walks of life the opportunity to bond over melodies. SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica is devastated by today’s events in Santa Monica, throughout Los Angeles County, and across our country. "I saw them trying to get in, and I just started screaming and honking the horn.". (AP). But as the Negretes attempt to clean up and piece their lives back together, with the help of music teachers who have been with them for decades and are akin to family, it is unclear when or if their doors will open again. "They told me it would take two or three weeks," she lamented. In the end, and over the course of many hours, criminals had a field day taking dozens of cellos, trumpets, bases, amplifiers, speakers, and random merchandise, including t-shirts--of which every one sold goes towards giving a child in need a private music lesson. 6 months ago. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Negrete observed that bricks are typically placed underneath trash cans earlier in the day ahead of scheduled protests, and when the looters arrive, they know where they are and put them to use to terrorize. Market data provided by Factset. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. "We went in and started hiding what instruments we could, we moved a refrigerator to barricade the door, and we wrote 'minority-owned' across the front," she said. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. A large group … In an interview last Thursday, Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud told the Lookout that the demonstrations and looting were "not expected or predicted." Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @holliesmckay, Peaceful protests give way to violence in California cities, GUARDIAN ANGEL' DESCRIBES PITCHED BATTLE WITH NEW YORK LOOTERS: 'WE DON'T SURRENDER OR RETREAT', IT WAS A WAR ZONE': SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN RIOTS SPEAK OUT. Santa Monica Protests Go from Peaceful to Chaotic, Looting Underway Santa Monica Protests From Peaceful to Full-Blown Chaos Daytime Looting Underway. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. May 31, 2020 9:41 PM. But in the riots that reached Santa Monica on Sunday, almost everything inside was damaged or pilfered as the distraught owners looked on, and those who tried to defend the building had guns and other weapons pulled on them with no law enforcement to be found. ", Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. This isn't just stuff to us. The protest followed several nights of unrest across the U.S. sparked by the death Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes. Just two days before the looting, the Santa Monica Music Center had unlocked its doors for the first time in almost three months following the stringent lockdown orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, and at least part of the business was readied to start again. and pulled out his gun. Market data provided by Factset. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! Market data provided by Factset. A neighboring business owner of a small pharmacy advised them to stand guard outside as a deterrent – he was already donning an AR-15 and bulletproof vest – and Negrete called a group of friends who immediately came to the scene. However, California has some of the strictest gun legislation in the country, including magazine limitations and a 10-day waiting period after purchase. Parents there stealing with their children. Santa Monica looting: Over 400 arrested, businesses damaged as vandals set fires near George Floyd protest. "There were just so many groups of people there who had nothing to do with the George Floyd protests. She has extensively reported from war zones including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma, and Latin America investigates global conflicts, war crimes and terrorism around the world. She added that there was "no specific or credible information that there was a threat to the city" ("Police Did Not Expect Looting, Demonstrations Sunday, Chief Says," June 4, 2020). There were cars speeding up to the center – including brand new luxury Mercedes SUVs and Infiniti vehicles – with trunks popping open ready to be filled with loot, and while it was mostly young men, every ethnicity and age assaulted the building before her eyes. All rights reserved. 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