There was police activity and helicopters flying over West Hollywood this evening. Sheriff deputies received word that a car rally protest was headed towards the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard on the night of June 4, at roughly 8pm.
Protestors were on foot and there was a long line of cars with people hanging out of the windows and holding up protest signage. The protesters chanted that this was a peaceful protest.
Instagram user Angel Valenzuela @angelvalenz tagged us in the following video, which captures the size of the crowd.
“There was about 1000 people walking down the street,” said one eye witness who chose to remain anonymous. “They were chanting, ‘peaceful protest, peaceful protest.’ They were walking towards the east border of Beverly Hills. The deputies didn’t know which direction they were moving towards and they were trying to direct the flow of the traffic. It was pretty incredible.”
According to another eye-witness report, the protestors drove west on Santa Monica Boulevard and were blocked by dumpsters and barricades by Sheriff deputies at the La Cienega Boulevard intersection. The deputies allowed the marchers to walk through and the directed the traffic south on La Cienega. Several cars turned west onto Sherwood Avenue and headed north on West Knoll Drive towards Santa Monica Boulevard. They drove on the wrong side of the street as they headed towards beverly Hills.
Nixle.com reported that a, “Car rally protest approaching Beverly Hills on N Santa Monica Blvd – Please avoid the area. Car rally protest approaching Beverly Hills on N Santa Monica Blvd – please use caution and avoid the area. Updates to follow. For any questions, call 310-550-4680.”
The protestors were heading towards the Beverly Hills Sign at Lily Pond on N Santa Monica Blvd.
The City of West Hollywood Curfew Order was lifted this evening. The City implemented an Executive Emergency Order establishing a daily Curfew Order that started on May 30. The curfew has been in effect throughout the city in response to the looting and violent rioting in the Greater Los Angeles County during demonstrations in response to the murder of George Floyd. As of Thursday, June 4, 2020, the curfew order has been lifted.
“The City passionately supports the fight against racial injustice and the dismantling of systemic racism,” reads a statement from the City. “The City respects the rights of peaceful assembly and protest. The City decries violence directed against persons and other acts that threaten public safety. The City’s curfew order was implemented to reduce the potential for violence, damage, threats to public safety, and civil unrest.”