Peaceful Protests Over Death of George Floyd Devolve into Clashes with LAPD

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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. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/aQgdGco5xd

— Pete Demetriou (@knxpete) May 30, 2020

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. 

#BlackLiveMatter Hundreds of people pinned in an arrest circle in front of LA City Hall. Arrest Teams are ready to individually arrest 200 to 500 protesters @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/IYF4JySkNm

— Pete Demetriou (@knxpete) May 30, 2020

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

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 30, 2020

Two officers sustained minor injuries, and at least 400 arrests were made. 

Police set off fireworks to force people to leave and by 9:30 p.m. demonstrators were told to leave the areas between the 10 Freeway and 101 Freeway, and 110 Freeway and Alameda Street.

8th/Grand in #DTLA. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/2HEp4VB4hv

— Mike Simpson (@KNXSimpson) May 30, 2020

“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.”