LAPD Declares Tactical Alert as "Count Every Vote" Marches Spread

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Beverly Hills police officers patrol in their car on November 1, 2020, in Beverly Hills.

It's the second tactical alert for the department in two days, as the police seek to respond to any potential unrest that may result from the still-unconcluded election.

The LAPD has declared another citywide tactical alert Wednesday as "Count Every Vote" marches are set to take place around Los Angeles while President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are locked in a tight race.

The department declared the alert, which effectively means that all officers are called in to work, around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday "to ensure sufficient resources to address any incidents that may arise as a result of Election Day activities." The alert added that this is "not the result of any specific incident."

It's the second tactical alert for the department in two days, as the police seek to respond to any potential unrest that may result from the still-unconcluded election. Los Angeles and its surrounding areas are set to have multiple demonstrations Wednesday, including several "Count Every Vote" marches —  in Torrance, Orange County and Ventura — as well as a "DEMAND Democracy and Fight the Power" gathering in Riverside, a "Tally Rally in the Valley" in Van Nuys and a Black Lives Matter LA "#JackieLaceyWILLGo" celebration, lauding the lead that L.A. district attorney challenger George Gascon has over the incumbent D.A.

At the latter event on Wednesday, a group of demonstrators watched BLM LA speakers in front of downtown L.A.'s Hall of Justice as members of the Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department observed. Video captured by Courthouse News reporter Martín Macías Jr. on the scene showed Quintus Moore, whose son was shot by police, telling the gathering, "We've been out here for quite some time. It's been a movement started. Back in the Police Commission, they thought it was a bunch of disruptives in there, [like] 'Oh, they ain't nobody.' Look at us now. We are somebody." (BLM LA has been protesting Lacey for three years.)

The Southern California "Count Every Vote" marches follow well-attended demonstrations in East Coast cities including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Detroit, as well as one farther north, in Oakland, that began earlier in the day. Reporters on the scene in New York documented a sizable group of people marching down Fifth Avenue: A video shared by WNBC reporter Marc Santia showed people chanting "every vote counts" to drum beats. BuzzFeed News reporter Lam Thuy Vo reported that demonstrators also chanted, "We believe that we have won."

Election Day on Tuesday was relatively quiet for protests and demonstrations in Los Angeles. Most notable was a gathering by Staples Center, also a polling location, which was declared an "unlawful assembly" by the LAPD early in the night, and a pro-Trump demonstration in Beverly Hills.

Nov. 4, 4:27 p.m. Updated with details about BLM LA's celebration.