Protests across Los Angeles began as peaceful demonstrations, but by about 6:30 p.m., things began to unravel
#LAProtests what started as peaceful march degenerated into blocking of Freeways, attacks on police and journalists and looting and vandalism. Weapons found on some of 300 “peaceful” marchers included knives, brass knuckles, bottles of urine, and a pepper ball gun. @KNX1070pic.twitter.com/aQgdGco5xd
Many demonstrators held signs reading, “I can’t breathe,” a statement uttered by Floyd as he pleaded for his life as police officers in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck. But after a couple of hours, Los Angeles Police were forced to declare an unlawful assembly as protesters took to the 110 Freeway, and began to vandalize squad cars.
We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout Downtown LA.From the 10 Fwy to the 101 & the 110 Fwy to Alameda—This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage. Residents should stay inside—Business should close—Those on the street are to leave the area
“This declaration is being made following repeated acts of violence and property damage,” the department said in a statement. “Residents should stay inside. Business should close. Persons on street are to leave area.”