Protesters carry out peaceful rallies in Moreno Valley, La Quinta

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People hold up signs protesting against police brutality in front of the Hemet Valley Mall Sunday, May 31. Valley News/Tony Ault photo

MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – The city of Moreno Valley is the only city in Riverside County under a curfew early this morning, with city officials citing public safety concerns as the reason.

The curfew went into effect at 8 p.m. Tuesday night and was scheduled to be in force until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

In the hours leading up to the curfew, hundreds of people assembled at Moreno Valley Community Park protested the death of George Floyd by a police officer in Minnesota as Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies stood by in riot gear.

The rally began at 4:30 p.m. and lasted until shortly before 8 p.m. with protesters peacefully departing the area, the Press Enterprise reported.

Demonstrators were told at 7:45 p.m. by a sheriff’s lieutenant that the 8 p.m. curfew would be imposed and if the protest continued beyond that time, an unlawful assembly would be declared, the paper said.

No arrests were immediately reported.

Another march from the park to Moreno Valley City Hall was scheduled for Friday morning.

A small group of protesters took part in a peaceful demonstration at La Quinta Community Park near Avenida Montezuma and Eisenhower Drive Tuesday, KESQ reported.

At least three dozen people walked around the park, chanting slogans, before the demonstration wrapped up around 8 p.m., according to the station.