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LAPD Was Called To Help Protect Store Against Looters—And They Immediately Went To Arrest The Black Store Owners

LAPD Was Called To Help Protect Store Against Looters—And They Immediately Went To Arrest The Black Store Owners
Fox 11 Los Angeles

Protests have spread across the United States following the death of George Floyd on May 25, a Black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

Though most of the day time demonstrations have remained peaceful, evening has brought destruction and looting in several cities for multiple nights.

In Los Angeles, a local TV news station captured one intense moment that only grew more chaotic with each passing second.

Fox 11 Los Angeleswas broadcasting live as a couple of looters approached a liquor store in the Van Nuys neighborhood of LA, only to encounter the store's owners toting rifles and standing firm. A standoff ensued until the police showed up.

But when LAPD police cruisers arrived, things only grew more chaotic. First, confusion set in as the vehicles passed by with sirens still wailing.

And when the police did finally arrive on the scene, they immediately ran and pinned the store owners, who are Black, against the wall. Throughout the incident Fox 11 reporterChristina Gonzalez, and several other bystanders, yelled at the police in an attempt to correct the mistake.

During the ensuing chaos, the looters ran off in the other direction.

One of the bystanders, who goes by Monet, was one of those calling for police to arrest the correct people.

In an interview later that evening with Fox 11, she recalled how things began when she stepped in to help the store owner, a long time friend.

"They were going after the gold store. But being that me and my son and I were out in the front with the owner of the liquor store, they just wanted to jump out the car and they wanted to harass me because I was talking a lot of stuff."
"And I just turned around, 'We're not doing that.' We're not tearing up nothing over here."

Monet also explained her surprise upon being pinned to the wall.

"I was handcuffed, thrown up against the wall with my husband, my brother-in-law."
"The officer that was behind me, I was explaining to him, no, we're trying to help."

The video quickly went viral on Twitter.

Many took aim at Gonzalez, the reporter.

They felt her explanations to the police weren't clear enough.

Images like this are appearing across social media since the protests began nearly a week ago. Many worry that these destructive moments have overshadowed the far more common peaceful demonstrations.

Monet, the bystander who stepped in to help, summed the issue up in that same interview following the incident.

"I understand the protest. I understand what this is about. I'm fighting for the same protest. But what we're not going to do is we don't want other people from different cities [to] tear up where we live, because we have to rebuild this."