Today's LA Protests: When, Where And What We Know
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June 2 marks the seventh day of protests against police brutality in L.A., sparked by anger over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer — and over the historic police mistreatment of people of color, here and across the country.
The protests were largely peaceful across L.A. County today, aside from some reports of police shooting rubber bullets at protestors in Hollywood.
Here's the rundown:
Several hundred protestors rallied in front of the Mayor Garcetti's official residence in Hancock Park this afternoon.
LAist reporters Libby Denkmann and Mike Roe were on the ground. They said the protestors were peacefully demanding #CareNotCops and a #PeoplesBudget.
Read more about this protest here.
A large protest went down at the Manhattan Beach Pier today, with protestors marching along the Strand from Hermosa Beach. It appeared to be peaceful, with very little police presence.
Protestors stared marching through Hollywood at noon today. The protest was promoted by rapper YG, who posted about it on his Instagram story but later said he would not personally be in attendance, according to ABC7.
At 2:40 p.m. multiple protestors on social media said that police started shooting tear-gass and rubber bullets at the crowds on Hollywood Boulevard.
Read more about today's Hollywood protests here.
YG posted this to his Instagram story at approx. 2:50 pm:
The march was originally organized by The Baptist Ministers Conference for clergy, to "support the family of George Floyd and uplift his life." It started at 10 a.m.
"This is a symbol of unity. We will raise the value of black life. Please come or pray," organizers wrote in a Facebook post.
Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Southern CA, spoke to KPCC this afternoon. He said 300-400 clergy participated in the march, which was supposed to end at LAPD Headquarters. Hundreds more joined, however. The reverend estimated there are about 1,000 participants. Here's what he had to say about his reasons for joining the movement:
"The message that we really wanted to send was simply 'stop killing us.' We deserve to live. We deserve to have a good life. And because of all of the looting and different things that've been happening around the city, that has seemingly taken the message away from George Floyd."
Rev. Tullos 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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