Long Beach Curfew Wednesday Starts At 9 p.m.

Long Beach officials announced they will impose a curfew Wednesday night, June 3, for the fourth day in a row.

The curfew will go into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday and lift at 5 a.m. Thursday, June 4.

The first curfew was imposed Sunday, May 31, as a protest in downtown Long Beach — intended to call for justice for George Floyd, a black man who died last week after a white officer kneeled on his neck — devolved into vandalism, looting and arson.

Despite the chaos on Sunday, calm swept over the city Monday as residents worked to clean up the wreckage. The streets were similarly quiet Tuesday night, with no protest activity.

But unlike Monday and Tuesday, two protests are planned Wednesday: one at 11:30 a.m. in Heartwell Park and one at 3:30 p.m. in Bluff Park.

The Long Beach Police Department said via Twitter that it was aware of the protests and urged demonstrators to “abide by all traffic laws & refrain from criminal activity.

“We’re here,” the department said, “to help you let your voices be heard.”

Still, Long Beach officials announced Wednesday’s curfew “to ensure the continued safety of our residents, businesses & emergency responders,” the city said on Twitter.