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Two peaceful protests planned for today in Laguna

At least two peaceful protests are planned in Laguna Beach for today, June 5. The first, taking place at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean Ave and PCH (Main Beach side), is being spearheaded by Laguna Beach Pride in support of Black Lives Matter, and “demanding justice” for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

Organizers state, “First and foremost, everyone must stay safe! Please take the necessary precautions to protest against COVID-19. Wear masks and gloves.”

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Protest at Main Beach, Friday at 2 p.m.

The second protest, also promoted by locals, is a paddle out at Thalia Street beach at 5:30 p.m. The “Solidarity in Surfing” paddle out is in support of Black Girls Surf, an organization established for young girls/women surfers of the African diaspora, and Black Lives Matter.

The paddle out is part of a worldwide movement of paddle outs in support of change and racial equality. On Wednesday in Encinitas, thousands gathered for a paddle out to celebrate George Floyd’s life and take a stand for change.

Lifeguards estimate anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 people took part in the demonstration.

LBPD releases statement concerning tragic death of George Floyd and protests

 On Thursday, June 4, LBPD Chief Laura Farinella released the following statement on behalf of the Laguna Beach Police Department:

“The deeply concerning and tragic death of George Floyd has understandably resulted in outrage and anger nationwide. As the Chief of Police, my officers and I strongly condemn the actions of the involved Minneapolis police officers who took the life of Mr. Floyd. These actions go against how we train as law enforcement officers and the core values of our police department. We support everyone’s right to free speech and the right to peacefully assemble. The safety of our community remains our top priority, and the Laguna Beach Police Department is closely monitoring the events occurring across the county and the country. We have contingency plans in place to respond to any unlawful protest activity and remain committed to the safety of the citizens of Laguna Beach.”


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