Santa Monica - June 1st

I decided to head to Santa Monica as I had heard crowds were gathering in the area and protesting.

 

As I parked I saw a small group of young males walking towards 3rd street wearing hoodies and what appeared to be empty back packs. I didn't want to judge but at that point it seemed clear they weren't there to peacefully protest.

By the time I got to 3rd street it was manic. Police were racing by intersections where stores were being looted, they were clearly over run. Cars were stuck in traffic and accelerating quickly on the wrong side of the road to get out of the area. The Vans store had a large crowd gathering in front as they were about to break in. The looting was starting and it was very clear that the police were heavily over run.

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