2 Protesters Sent to Hospital After Attack
At Thursday's Prop 8 protest | Photo by Malingering
A fight that broke out between opponents and proponents of Prop 8, the November 4th ballot initiative that sought to ban gay marriage in California, ended with two people apparently being sent to the hospital. Leah Murphy of Westwood said she was walking with a group of ten friends at Thursday's protest outside the Mormon Temple on Santa Monica Blvd. when two women who were said to have come from within church grounds began to call them derogatory names.
Both sides argued with each other before one woman apparently lashed out at a protester by punching her in the face shortly before 6 p.m. Soon, four protesters from the the group of friends were hurt in the altercation which soon involved five men who allegedly came from behind the church gates.
Two of the women were sent to the hospital and the other two were treated for their wounds, according to Murphy. The Los Angeles Fire Department could not immediately pull up records due to the sheer volume of hospital transports a day--500 on an average day--but Officer Jason Lee of the LAPD said "there were allegations of some battery" when asked about two women being sent to the hospital.
Murphy said various LAPD Officers could not detain suspects pointed out by her and her friends--all who had witnessed the incident. Officers indicated that only the victims could identify the suspects before the could detain and arrest someone, which Murphy felt suspicious about.
As of 10:00 p.m., only two arrests were made for "disorderly conduct" in the protest that began eight hours earlier. Like at Wednesday's protest, the LAPD went on tactical alert at 2:00 p.m. when the event began.