A scene from the protests in Los Angeles on Saturday 30 May

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared state of emergency in Los Angeles County after protests over the killing of George Floyd turned violent on Saturday.

According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, The California National Guard is being deployed to Los Angeles in response to the large protests in the city.

The Guard will be used to assist local response to the protests and maintain peace and safety on the streets.

The curfew imposed on the city’s downtown section dictates that everyone must be off the streets between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

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According to report by KRON4, several police cars were torched Saturday as some protesters in the city ignored authorities’ call for peaceful demonstrations after a night of violence that saw windows smashed, stores robbed and fires set.