George Floyd Update: Los Angeles County and City Lift Curfews

George Floyd Update: Los Angeles County and City Lift Curfews

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Los Angeles County and City Lift Curfews

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Los Angeles county and city have lifted their daily curfews imposed as police tried to control massive protests that engulfed the region. The move came a day after the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sued Los Angeles saying that the curfews suppressed political protests protected by the First Amendment.

"The City and County of Los Angeles are attempting to use these curfews to suppress Black Lives Matter – L.A.'s right to protest," said Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of BLM-L.A. said in a statement released by the ACLU. "They are attempting to suppress our ability to fully mobilize and focus full attention on the true issue of concern in the protests — police violence against Black people."

On Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti's whose home in Hancock Park has been the target of protesters said on Twitter that he will lift the curfew in Los Angeles. "We remain strongly committed to protecting the right of Angelenos to make their voices heard and ensuring the safety of our community," he tweeted.

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