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Beverly Hills restricts nighttime assemblies after protests ‘disrupted the tranquility’

Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive is quiet and empty, with many of the world’s biggest fashion brands clearing out their stores after closing under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order in response to the coronavirus, last week, photographed March 22, 2020.
(Jay L. Clendenin/Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

The city of Beverly Hills on Saturday issued an order restricting nighttime assemblies after a noisy protest disturbed residents the night before, officials said.

The order, which took effect Saturday night and was to remain in place until further notice, states that no more than 10 people are allowed to gather for an assembly in a residential area between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. An assembly is defined as a gathering in a public place that consists of 10 or more people who have a common goal.

Silent assemblies such as candlelight vigils, as well as those on private property, are exempt, and assemblies in the business district are still permitted.

The city proclaimed a local emergency May 30 in the midst of protests decrying the police killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans. Demonstrations reached Beverly Hills, and there were reports of vandalism and property damage by some who authorities said used the protests as cover to commit illegal acts.

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The order restricting nighttime assemblies cites the events of May 30, as well as an “Occupy” protest that was held Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The protest “included bullhorns and amplified music and disrupted the tranquility of the residential neighborhood during hours when many people would ordinarily be sleeping,” the order states.

The city has deemed it necessary to limit the use of residential neighborhoods at night to allow residents to sleep, according to the order.

Those who violate the order can face arrest and be charged with a misdemeanor.


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