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National Guard sent to LA as protests rage

By AAP Newswire

The National Guard is deploying to Los Angeles as the fourth day of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd once again turned violent.

Several cities throughout the Los Angeles area declared 8pm curfews on Saturday, including Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Some 700 National Guard troops were expected to be called in to help restore order, as looting took place in the Fairfax area and in downtown LA.

An Adidas Flagship store on Melrose Avenue was looted, as a group of protesters broke into the store and were seen leaving with merchandise.

A group of people had been making their way along the famous LA shopping street home to boutiques and specialty stores breaking storefront windows and causing destruction along the way. Other stores included Altivo, a watch store and a nail salon where a group were seen breaking an ATM on the street.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was working to put out fires at several stores in the 7600 block of West Melrose Avenue.

Earlier in the day, protesters clashed with police at Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard.

As a demonstration moved toward The Grove, there was looting at the two-floor Nordstrom department store and a Ray Ban sunglasses flagship boutique.

As news of an 8pm Los Angeles curfew began to spread via broadcast news and mobile phone alerts, nearby shops like the luxury sneaker consignment store Flight Deck were fully robbed of inventory. Moving further west into the border of Beverly Hills, a CVS Pharmacy superstore on La Cienega Blvd was stormed by masked people breaking safety glass with abandoned electric scooters.

A police department kiosk was set ablaze at The Grove.

British designer Vivienne Westwood's Melrose Avenue boutique was vandalised. Marc Jacobs' eponymous boutique at the corner of trendy Melrose Place saw demolished storefronts.

"Protestors are entering the city of Beverly Hills," read a tweet on the city's Twitter feed.

TV images also showed looting at the Target at San Vicente Boulevards and La Brea Avenue.