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Demonstrators gather in Poway to protest police brutality

Posted at 4:45 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 22:24:23-04

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) — A group of demonstrators gathered in Poway to call for justice for George Floyd and against police brutality, in unison with other protests around the nation.

About 75 people gathered with signs and marched along Poway Road with signs reading "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop the Hate, Build the Love."

Some businesses, worried that scenes from La Mesa on Saturday night could happen in their city, boarded up doors and windows to deter any possible looting activity.

A curfew has been enacted in Poway starting at 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Monday.

In a statement, the City of Poway said:

"To our Poway community: The safety of our community is our number one priority. The City of Poway, alongside the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, is aware of and monitoring this afternoon’s peaceful gathering along Poway Road.

We recognize and support every individual’s first amendment right to free speech and to voice that speech in public. But we have also witnessed the scenes playing out in communities across America once the sun goes down.

To protect our city – and to deter unlawful activity in Poway – we are enacting an emergency curfew this beginning this evening, May 31 at 8 p.m. until Monday, June 1 at 5:30 a.m."