National Guard Keeps Watch On 9th Day Of Anti-Police-Brutality Demonstrations in Downtown LA
The anti-police brutality protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued for a ninth day in Los Angeles.
One of the protests started at noon in Grand Park, across the street from L.A. City Hall, and expanded to the streets of downtown. As night approached, the protest continued to grow.
This particular protest was promoted by members of LA's Ethiopian community. There were dozens of Ethiopian Americans in the crowd, some waving Ethiopian flags or wearing them. They said they were there to represent African immigrants who, like the rest of the black community, still live under the threat of police violence.
"We want America to be better, we want America to do better for everyone," said Tadios Belay, an Ethopian immigrant who joined today's march. "The African community has also been impacted by police violence in this country... so, this is also our issue."
Another protestor, Ephram Getaneh, joined the march for similar reasons.
"This is my home. And my future kids, it will be their home," he said. "And it does affect me every single day. Every time I'm out, every time I'm driving, I'm always looking behind my back to see if I'm going to get pulled over for no reason."
National Guard members and LAPD officers could be seen standing in front of nearby buildings. Several National Guard members were also spotted taking photographs of protestors.
The protests today were peaceful, with no reports of police violence or looting.
"I just feel like everyone out here is just helping the community," said 18-year-old Able Tefera. "After all this stuff, we got all four officers arrested, we still need to do more," he said, referring to the officer who killed Floyd and those who were also on the scene.
Around 5 p.m., NBC4 video captured Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore walking outside LAPD headquarters straight to the protesters to take a knee.
#BREAKING: Outside of @LAPDHQ, @LAPDChiefMoore takes a knee then speaks one-on-one with demonstrators—and with us. Hear what he has to say only on @NBCLA tonight at 5/6 and 11pm. pic.twitter.com/P432TcIFQG— Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) June 4, 2020
Moore apologized for his remarks comparing looting to the killing of George Flyod, but some protesters strongly rejected that apology. One person asked the chief what he will do to address institutional racism in the department.
My Apology for Remark Regarding the Death of George Floyd During a Press Conference Earlier Today:— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) June 2, 2020
I misspoke when making a statement about those engaging in violent acts following the murder of George Floyd.
Moore said he is focused on listening and "finding an opportunity to learn about those pains about those injuries, and about the centuries old racism and supression and state violence."
This comes a day after many Angelenos called for Moore's resignation at the Los Angeles Police Commission's Zoom meeting, where over 500 people signed up to make public comment. The meeting lasted for 8 hours and 34 minutes. Several speakers brought up LAPD's use of tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protestors.
EVENTS LATER IN THE WEEK:
Note: These are not necessarily confirmed.
- Santa Monica City Hall, starting at 1 p.m.
Sunday June 7:
- George Floyd Memorial: First Baptist Church of Venice on Westminster Avenue, starting at 12 p.m.
Tuesday June 9:
- Los Angeles, from Veterans Park to LAPD Headquarters downtown, starting at 1 p.m.
Sunday June 14:
- Los Angeles at Hollywood and Highland, starting at 10 a.m.
HOW WE'RE COVERING THIS:
Reporter Aaron Schrank and photojournalist Chava Sanchez are at City Hall covering events as they unfold. LAist associate editor Brian Frank and Digital Producer Gina Pollack are helping keep this story updated.
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