Looting at an Apple store in West Los Angeles.
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Rodeo Drive, considered the most exclusive shopping street in the United States, could not be saved from looting on the chaotic Saturday afternoon and night.
Initially, a massive caravan of protesters marched peacefully down Rodeo Drive, shouting "Eat the Rich!"
eat the rich on rodeo drive pic.twitter.com/BfZbl1FlJb
– jamieloftus 🏂 (@jamieloftusHELP) May 30, 2020
But eventually the violence appeared, as had already happened at The Grove Mall and other businesses in the Fairfax area, when Police attempted to disperse protesters.
– Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 31, 2020
The Alexander McQueen boutique was looted. A camera captured the moment in which individuals are admitted to the exclusive clothing and accessories store.
#BREAKING: Protesters have been able to gain entry to the #AlexanderMcQueen store on #RodeoDrive in #BeverlyHills. Our camera captured the crowd quickly clearing the store of their merchandise. Live coverage on @CBSLA with @ChrisVHolmstrom and @SaraDonchey. #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/xg08ab5IAe
– Mike Rogers (@MikeRogersTV) May 31, 2020
A group of looters attempted to vandalize the Gucci store, but after removing the protection boards that had been placed outside, the attackers were unable to break the windows to enter the premises.
GUCCI STORE ON RODEO DRIVE BEING LOOTED AND DESTROYED pic.twitter.com/D9ls5Y0fSb
– The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) May 31, 2020
Eventually, the Beverly Hills Police managed to control the situation, but the stores on Melrose Avenue did not suffer the same fate.
– She done already done had herses (@ manolo_ordonez2) May 31, 2020
Video: People seen running in and out of store in 8000 block of Melrose Avenue. https://t.co/01gIkl9vHc pic.twitter.com/0oFdhJrSSk
– NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) May 31, 2020
A building above Melrose in which an adjacent Starbucks café could be seen was burned down. Firefighters were struggling to put out the fire, which caused a dense column of black smoke.
– MK-Ultra News (@mkultranews) May 31, 2020
Images from local television news shows showed that officers managed to detain dozens and dozens of suspects, whom they kept on the ground or against walls before processing their arrests.