A small group of protesters congregated at the Temecula Duck Pond, where Valley News correspondent Jeff Pack was on scene and reported that the protesters gathered before the countywide curfew went into effect.

Protesters at the Temecula Duck Pond held up signs and chanted at passing traffic to show their opposition to perceived police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last week. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo

“Authorities arrived shortly after 6 p.m. explaining that curfew was in place and they would need to go home,” Pack said. “Some of the protesters left immediately but about 4 or 5 stuck around until at least 7 p.m.

“Riverside County Sheriff’s said they didn’t want to arrest protesters that stayed around after curfew, instead saying they hoped the group would leave.”

Riverside County officials announced earlier in the day that a countywide curfew would be in effect from 6 p.m. tonight through 6 a.m. Tuesday for everyone but essential workers. The curfew was put in place in response to weekend protests across the U.S. to guard against civil unrest in response to last Monday’s in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The police moved on to other locations, but it was reported that some did return to the Duck Pond, only to be directed home again.

Reports were also made that protesters were forming in Old Town Temecula around the same time, but that information has yet to be confirmed.

There was talk of protesters returning to the Duck Pond at 10 a.m. Tuesday after the curfew had expired.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com

JP Raineri can be reached by email at jp@reedermedia.com