Protesters arrested on roof of Hollywood apartment after curfew

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Tuesday night arrested what appeared to be peaceful protesters for violating curfew while they were on the roof of an apartment building in Hollywood.

A helicopter for CBS Los Angeles filmed law enforcement on the roof of the building, ordering protesters to lie on their stomachs before they were loaded into a detention bus.

The citywide curfew went into effect in Los Angeles at 6 p.m. PDT and people were prohibited from being on streets, sidewalks, parks and other public spaces.

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The protesters had allegedly barged into the apartment building and ran up onto the roof to avoid arrest as the curfew crackdown began, the news affiliate reported.

Footage showed them spelling out “BLM” for “Black Lives Matter” with their bodies.

The Hill has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.

Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) announced the implementation of curfews over the weekend, a move cities across the country have taken amid massive protests over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KTLA that the curfews will be in place until “organized protests are gone.” 

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Garcetti on Tuesday night cited the 1992 Rodney King riots in the city as an explanation for the ongoing curfew.

“At this point, in the unrest of the city then, 55 people were dead,” Garcetti said of the King protests. “I need to protect all Angelenos. I need to protect protesters. I need to protect our police officers.”

The mayor has faced sharp criticism by a number of activists for his handling of protests against police brutality in the city.

Garcetti on Tuesday knelt with the crowd at City Hall amid chants of “Defund the police!”

Demonstrators have separately gathered outside his home and urged him to cut funding to the LAPD.