San Francisco Enacts Curfew Effective Immediately Following Looting, Vandalism During Protests

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Updated 11:26 p.m.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced a city-wide curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., effective immediately. The National Guard has been put on standby.

"If you are home, please stay home," Breed said in the announcement, broadcast live on social media late Saturday. "If you are in our city from other places, please go back to the city that you live in. Please do not come into San Francisco and destroy our city. We have so many challenges. We have so much need in this city."

The announcement follows protests Saturday on the streets of San Francisco, Santa Rosa and around the East Bay over police brutality and the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd.

We are implementing a curfew that will start tomorrow at 8pm.People are hurting right now. They're angry. I'm angry.The City and the police will support peaceful protests, as we did all day today.We can't tolerate violence and vandalism. Now is the time to go home.

— London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 31, 2020

The Associated Press is reporting over 1,400 arrests in cities around the country since Thursday.

"We want to make sure our city is a platform for people to express themselves," Breed said. "But when it crosses the line, that's not good for any of us. It's not how you honor the memory of the people who sadly have lost their lives to senseless violence."

In Los Angeles, Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a State of Emergency and has approved a request to deploy the National Guard. LA's curfew is also from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Late Saturday, a number of protestors blocked the on-ramp to Highway 101 near Octavia St. There were reports of bottles and objects being thrown, but no confirmed injuries.

"We want to make sure our city is a platform for people to express themselves," Breed pleaded. "But when it crosses the line, that's not good for any of us. It's not how you honor the memory of the people who sadly have lost their lives to senseless violence."

"We are struggling with a deadly pandemic," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said. "We are under a shelter-in-place order and we ask everyone to stay home and ensure that your children, your loved ones, your neighbors stay home."

Schaaf believes Friday's protest in Oakland crossed a line.

Earlier Saturday, a group started at United Nations Plaza in San Francisco, moved to City Hall and eventually made its way to the 1st St. on-ramp to the Bay Bridge, where they were met by a blockade of California Highway Patrol officers. The crowd held signs saying "No Justice, No Peace" and "Black Lives Matter."

In response, the protest turned into an impromptu rally with various speakers at a megaphone before heading to AT&T Park.

Protesters blocked traffic at 4th St. and Bryant St., sitting on the ground and chanting.

HAPPENING NOW: SF protesters at 4th and Bryant near Bay Bridge entrance. Many are sitting on ground @KPIXtv #georgefloyd #sanfrancisco pic.twitter.com/JR1HG1C06y

— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) May 30, 2020

"I am sick and tired of coming to these protests," a passionate speaker told the crowd of hundreds in attendance.

The rally started in UN Plaza. That's where we met Oscar Salinas, who says he lost his brother to police brutality in 2014.

The demonstrations follow a Friday night protest in Oakland that left smashed windows and vandalism throughout downtown.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.