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La Mesa holds town hall meeting to address the events of May 30

May 30 started with protesters marching in the street and onto the freeway; later there was riots and looting in La Mesa with two banks burned to the ground.

LA MESA, Calif. — A town hall was held in La Mesa on Thursday to address a number of concerns including a review of the rioting and looting that happened the night of May 30.

May 30 started off with protesters walking in the middle of the street and eventually onto the freeway. Later that night the protests turned to riots and looting. Rioters threw objects at police officers and two banks were burned to the ground.

The protesters were out marching for George Floyd, a black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, and others were calling for action after the arrest of Amaurie Johnson by La Mesa police that had been caught on video.

According to the Union-Tribune, an external investigation report on the Amaurie Johnson arrest is likely to be ready by August 13.

What happened May 30, including the actions of officers, was addressed at Thursday night’s meeting.

The meeting could be attended virtually, but the city also allowed for some in-person public comment by going to the Adult Enrichment Center. There was a cap on how many could be in attendance.

The city of La Mesa said it was prepared to answer questions, hear opinions and listen to concerns of citizens.  

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