Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has extended a curfew, which initially applied only to downtown, to the whole city.
The curfew requires everyone within the City of Los Angeles to stay indoors tonight, from 8pm until 5:30am on Sunday morning, reported CNN.
On Thursday, Minnesota's governor activated the National Guard to help police restore order following two days of violent protests in Minneapolis city over the death of a black man seen in graphic video footage gasping for breath as a white officer knelt on his neck, Reuters reported.
"I will always protect Angelenos' right to make their voices heard and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of violence or vandalism," Garcetti said in a statement.
"The vast majority of people taking to the streets are doing it peacefully, powerfully, and with reverence for the sacred cause they're fighting for. This curfew is in place to protect their safety — and the safety of all who live and work in our city."
At least 25 cities across 16 states have now imposed curfews.
- Beverly Hills
- Los Angeles
On Thursday, Governor Tim Walz ordered Guard troops to assist police as local, state and federal law enforcement officials sought to ease racial tensions sparked by Monday night's fatal arrest of George Floyd, 46, by vowing to achieve justice in the case.
Four city police officers involved in the incident, including the one shown pressing his knee into Floyd's neck as he lay on the ground, moaning, "please, I can't breathe," were fired from their jobs the next day.
The Floyd case was reminiscent of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City who died after being put in a banned police chokehold as he, too, was heard to mutter, "I can't breathe."
His dying words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement that formed amid a wave of killings of African-Americans by police.