Los Angeles County extends night curfew

Authorities have extended a curfew imposed in the Los Angeles County for the fourth night in a row as protests over the death of African-American man George Floyd continued across the area.

The curfew that started at 9 p.m. on Wednesday in the most populous county in the US with a population of over 10 million, will remain until 5 a.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

“Tonight’s curfew will start later than the curfew in previous nights as the County assesses public safety needs on a daily basis.

“Residents, unless otherwise noted, are asked to stay in their home during the curfew,” Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

Any violation of the order is a misdemeanour, punishable by a fine for upto $1,000 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both, according to the terms of the curfew.

Kathryn Barger, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, thanked the local residents for their “continued patience and understanding as we support peaceful protesters” in a tweet.

Some areas in the region, such as Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Culver City, also issued their curfew orders Wednesday in response to days of civil unrest.

Protests were largely peaceful in the area on Tuesday as thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their anger over the killing of the Minneapolis unarmed black man in police custody on May 25.