Day 7: Anti-Racism Protests Continue Around LA
On Day 7 of nationwide demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Angelenos continued to show in large numbers to protest racism and police brutality.
Tuesday's largest demonstrations took place in downtown L.A. and Hollywood, where one report estimated a line of marchers a mile long. In the late afternoon, another group of protestors converged in Hancock Park at the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Here's what happened Tuesday. You can use the tabs below for shortcuts:
Reporters Libby Denkmann and Mike Roe are near the corner of 6th St. and S. Irving Blvd. in Hancock Park, one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods and home to the official mayoral residence. This stealth protest was organized by Black Lives Matter, which Denkmann reports "kept this action under wraps all day. They held a training nearby to emphasize peaceful methods of resistance."
Denkmann said that a police officer estimated the number of protestors at "a couple thousand."
6:30 p.m. Organizers officially call an end to the protest in Hancock Park.
6:27 p.m. Police officers take a knee next to protestors.
Just saw a remarkable decision by @LAPDHQ to remove their line of officers who were standing at Irving & 6th, blocking one group of protesters from joining the rest in front of Garcetti’s house. The officers, confronted by maybe 150 sitting peacefully, fell back around the corner— Libby Denkmann (@libdenk) June 3, 2020
Outside Mayor Garcetti’s house peaceful protesters are demanding #CareNotCops and a #PeoplesBudget. Organizers with @BLMLA kept this action under wraps all day. They held a training nearby to emphasize peaceful methods of resistance. @MikeRoe and I are here for @LAist @KPCC pic.twitter.com/wojP74qcJq— Libby Denkmann (@libdenk) June 2, 2020
Sean Keel, 25, came out -- along with hundreds of others -- to Sunset and Vine at around noon. She was carrying a sign with a quote that read, "Racism is so American that when you protest it, people think you're protesting America."
Keel told Dugdale she is there to support anyone who has been victimized by police brutality and to honor "the lives of people who have been unjustifiably killed by the cops. We just want peace ... We don't want to cause a riot. We don't want to loot. We just want our voices heard."
Protestors chanted, "Hands up, don't shoot."
Tim Russ, 63, led one of those chants. Russ, an actor who played Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, said he has a pre-existing conditiong and is concerned about coronavirus, but said he felt comeplled to come out and protest:
"This is record-breaking. This has never been seen before. I was around during the civil rights and Vietnam riots, and this is nothing like them at all. This is seven or eight days, almost worldwide, of consistent nationwide protests. This is a serious cause. We're seeing a literal reovlution culturally happening before our eyes. Things are going to change, I think, overnight. And this is going to make a huge impact on it, wake people up to what's going on."
Tim Russ, a former Star Trek actor, held this sign and told me that’s the most important thing to do now - vote.— Emily Elena Dugdale (she/her) (@eedugdale) June 2, 2020
He told me he’d protested during the Vietnam War - “this is nothing like that. This is so much bigger, and more peaceful.” @LAist #protests pic.twitter.com/EyBRxTDfoM
.@onthatbombshell and I are out at the Hollywood #protests right now.— Emily Elena Dugdale (she/her) (@eedugdale) June 2, 2020
People are seated with fists raised in front of a line of national guard soldiers.
“Racism is so American that when you protest it, people think you are protesting America,” - sign held by young protester. pic.twitter.com/9M5INZCvsz
Organized by The Baptist Ministers Conference, this march started at 10 a.m. and was supposed to end at LAPD headquarters. "This is a symbol of unity. We will raise the value of black life. Please come or pray," organizers wrote in a Facebook post.
At 2:27 p.m. Mayor Eric Garcetti took a knee to show solidarity with protestors. National Guard members also took a knee.
Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Southern California, spoke to KPCC this afternoon and said he appreciated the gesture:
"Not only did he take a knee at the rally, he invited those [from] the organizing committee to come and have a brief meeting with him. And he listened to many of our concerns, one being about the city's [proposed] budget."
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