Two notable protests affected Beverly Hills last week.
On July 23, a few hundred supporters of the Black Future Project returned to city streets for another protest, this time marching on Santa Monica Boulevard, said Max Subin, public information officer for the Beverly Hills Police Department.
“They stopped traffic and they sat down and prevented traffic from flowing on Santa Monica Boulevard,” Subin said.
The protest lasted for several hours during the night before police declared an unlawful assembly, Subin said, and 36 people were arrested for violating the unlawful assembly order. Subin added that five people will additionally face other charges, including battery of a peace officer, providing false identification to an officer and resisting arrest.
“They were only arrested after the unlawful assembly was declared,” Subin said.
In a YouTube video of the protest, many of the protesters can be seen wearing masks, though there were some protesters without masks.
Another protest in the afternoon of July 25 encountered police, but did not result in any arrests.
The crowd of approximately 75 supporters of President Donald Trump, some of whom were not wearing masks, gathered at Beverly Gardens Park and marched to Mayor Lester Friedman’s house, where they confronted the mask-clad mayor – and several mask-wearing BHPD officers – about coronavirus-related closures and other topics. In a YouTube video uploaded by a protester, those in attendance also called COVID-19 a “plandemic scamdemic.”
“[Friedman] was answering questions. The crowd was focused on issues from education, face masks, reopening the state and business rights. They were a peaceful crowd,” Subin said.
No one at either protest was ticketed for failure to wear a mask or socially distance, Subin said.
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