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On the same day that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) posted a series of warnings to residents about maintaining mandated social distancing measures, including wearing face masks and avoiding gatherings with “anybody except for those you live with,” the Los Angeles Police Department posted a photograph of thousands gathered in the city for a social justice protest.

On Wednesday, Garcetti, whose profile photo on Twitter is now a picture of him wearing a black face mask, posted a series of reminders and warnings ahead of the July Fourth weekend.

“COVID-19 has taken control, and we need to take control back. That’s what we did in March, April and May, when we sacrificed, stayed safer at home and saved lives — we need that same commitment to flatten the curve now,” the Democratic mayor wrote in one of several COVID-19 themed posts (below). “We were the first major city to require face coverings, and we must continue to wear them,” he added in another tweet. “Gathering with anybody except for those you live with may spread this virus. And that’s why more businesses and places where people gather indoors are closing or must operate differently.”

“This 4th of July weekend, please wear face coverings and avoid gatherings,” he wrote in a post pinned to the top of his page. “This is a critical time in our fight against COVID-19. Beaches, piers, and beach bike paths in the City and County of L.A. will be closed from Friday, July 3 to Monday, July 6.”

“We will begin posting the COVID threat level at using the colors red, orange, yellow, and green. Today we’re at orange — the risk of infection remains high and you should stay at home as often as you can and only leave for essential activities,” Garcetti warned residents in another post. Prior to that post, Garcetti noted that the risk level had become high enough that California Gov. Gavin Newsom had “announced that indoor dining at restaurants is no longer allowed in our county.”

On the same day Garcetti was ordering residents to stay home, LAPD posted a photo and subsequent traffic advisory that one local reporter noted has resulted in blowback for officials.

“LAPD is monitoring a peaceful protest between City Hall and the Hall of Justice,” Commanding Officer Rick Stabile tweeted Wednesday along with an image of thousands gathered for the protest. “Please adhere to social distancing protocols,” Stabile added.

“TRAFFIC ADVISORY: There is a protest in the area of Temple and Spring Street in Downtown LA,” LAPD HQ posted regarding the massive protest Wednesday evening. “Please avoid the area, if possible, as there are street closures and heavier traffic than usual.”

“LAPD just posted this photo of people protesting tonight,” wrote KTLA’s Christina Pascucci, as noted by Twitchy. “People are messaging me, asking how this is allowed, with no social distancing, when hours ago Governor [Newsom] said we shouldn’t even see our family for a July 4th gathering this weekend, unless we live with them.”

Ahead of his series of warnings about maintaining mandated social distancing measures on Wednesday, Garcetti also pledged the city’s support for the focus of the protests: social justice and radical police reform.

“We cannot let this moment come and go without positive change in our cities and our country,” he tweeted Wednesday. “We must reform policing and further invest in wealth building and health building in the Black community.”

Some of Garcetti’s Wednesday posts below:

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Hey Mayor fix the damn protests quit the damn Dble Stds OK make=.
    Tell protestors to wear masks & distance OK

  • Chris Robinette says:

    It does not work to just GIVE something to someone who does not appreciate it as the will not take care of that “gift”. The Black community as a whole CAN make a difference but they have to earn it. Not fall back on the excuse of we were “slaves”. How did a freed slave become a business owner? He LEARNED what he needed to become one. To be more than a field worker, learn to work with mechanical equipment. To become an accountant, learn math and finances. To become a property owner, business owner, lawyer, doctor, or anything to be more than a couch potato the answer is EDUCATION! The excuse for not getting one that is offered freely is what, poor teachers, no supplies? How about grades given and not earned? Something “given” when not earned means very little and teaches “entitlement”. Fight, no earn what you want! If something or someone is blocking your education in or out of class, change it or remove the block. So many times the tools to education were offered but those tools were either stolen, destroyed by those who feel “entitled” to something for nothing. This is my feelings from what I have witnessed in life. Am I wrong? Explain where I am mistaken.

    • Scotty says:

      Many in the Black community do want to work. Look at the low unemployment rate for African-Americans just before the virus hit. They wanted to work, have an actual job. Hope those jobs will reappear.

  • Ellen Whiting says:

    Wow, such a brave mayor. Crack down on the law-abiding citizens, because you’re not afraid of them (yet).

  • Mike says:

    And the cowardly politicians let them get away with it. The chickenshits are allowing 1/1000th of 1 percent of the population run this country by mob rule. Arrest them and put them in concentration camps. They deserve no better. If they resist, start shooting. They want confrontation and the media is pushing it. Give it to them.

  • ed says:

    What agenda.

  • DJ says:

    Have you noticed The Democrats would do anything they can to destroy Trump, all the positive things that he has done. They don’t care about the people. They don’t care who gets hurt. They only care that they are in power and that they can continue to rape the people.

  • Evangeline says:

    The left are lying hypocrites! They get a different set of laws for them then the rest of us. Sick of their dirty underhanded schemes against our president and our country! And I’m sick of the double standard for them. VOTE ALL RED IN NOVEMBER.

  • CF