Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles said they are prepared to call the National Guard if violence erupts following the police shooting in Minneapolis and the prospective verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with law enforcement partners, including the National Guard, to ensure “decisive action” if peaceful protests turn violent, a spokesperson said, according to the Times.
“Sheriff Alex Villanueva is a strong supporter of the 1st Amendment and the people’s right to protest, but if these actions become violent or shift into lawlessness, swift and decisive action will be taken to protect life, protect property, and maintain order in a fair, firm and impartial manner,” Capt. John Satterfield reportedly said.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore also said he would call on the National Guard if it was necessary, according to the Times.
Protests and riots erupted Monday morning in Minneapolis after a police officer allegedly fatally shot 20-year-old Daute Wright. Hours after the death, rioters jumped on top of police cars and threw rocks and other objects at officers. Looting also began, and roughly 20 businesses were broken into. (RELATED: Protests And Riots Erupt In Minneapolis After Officer Allegedly Shoots And Kills Man)
Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center Police Officer who allegedly shot Wright, resigned, as did police chief Tim Gannon, according to the Daily Beast. Potter allegedly pulled Wright over for expired car tags, and officers determined Wright had an outstanding warrant. Potter allegedly shot Wright after he resisted arrest, and Potter allegedly mistook her handgun for a Taser, according to the Daily Beast.
As of Tuesday, at least 40 people were arrested for violating curfew, rioting and burglary, among other charges.
Nearly a year before the death, George Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly ten minutes. The incident sparked protests and rioting in Minneapolis and across the country, resulting in numerous deaths and property destruction. Monday was the 11th day of Chauvin’s trial.
Los Angeles was among the cities where thousands of arrests were made at protests and riots, and a special task force was created to investigate crimes committed during the George Floyd demonstrations. Crimes included attempted murders of officers, looting, burglary, robbery, vandalism, arson and assaults with deadly weapons.
Demonstrators gathered Monday afternoon in Los Angeles to protest against the police shooting, according to CBS LA.