At least two protestors were injured Wednesday as they gathered in downtown L.A. to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, NBC Los Angeles reports.
The demonstration, organized by the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, began at around 4 p.m. outside the Hall of Justice, but the situation grew chaotic at around 6:00 p.m. as hundreds of protestors blocked the 101 Freeway near the Alameda Street exit. The first injury occurred when a CHP cruiser took off as protestors clung to its hood and the back window was smashed with a skateboard.
One man was thrown from the cruiser and surrounded by the crowd until Los Angeles Fire Department personnel arrived. As he was taken away on a stretcher, the injured man sat upright and raised his hand to the crowd. He was taken to a hospital but there has so far been no update on his condition.
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Though the crowd had mostly dispersed by 7:30 p.m., when police tried to clear the remaining protestors from the streets shortly after 9 p.m., an unknown driver ran his car through what remained of the crowd, hitting one man and knocking him off his feet, before fleeing the scene. The driver has not been arrested and the hit-and-run victim was taken to the hospital with stable vital signs, police said.
Around the same time, protestors converged on LAPD headquarters, which someone had tagged with graffiti reading, “1312 ACAB,” a numerical code and an acronym for “All Cops Are Bastards.”
George Floyd’s death was caught on camera Monday as he was arrested for “forgery in progress.” A police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd said, “Please, I can’t breathe.”
Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah said the group wants cops prosecuted “when they kill our people,” and for police funding to be cut back.
“We don’t need to be spending more than 50 percent of our city’s taxpayer dollars on police,” Abdullah said. “Those are the two things that people are calling for in Minneapolis and we echo that sentiment here in Los Angeles.”
Earlier we saw people on the streets of Downtown L.A., at times going onto the 101 freeway, to protest the death of George Floyd.
We hear your anger & your pain. We will always facilitate freedom of speech. Period. All we ask is that protests are held in a safe & legal manner.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 28, 2020
After viewing the footage of Floyd’s death, LAPD chief Michel Moore said, “The actions I watched in the video were incredibly disturbing and go against the basic law enforcement principle of preservation of life. Knowing that we have experienced our own high-profile incidents here in Los Angeles, I can assure you the LAPD strives each day to build trust and these events are sobering reminders of how quickly that can be lost.”
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