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The weekend’s extraordinary heat shut down power, flooded the beaches and stoked fires, but it didn’t stop protesters from demanding justice in the killing of Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old man who was fatally shot by Sheriff’s deputies on Aug. 31.
Demonstrators gathered outside the L.A. Sheriff Department’s South L.A. station on Saturday afternoon for a rally, then marched towards the 110 Freeway, which they closed down for about 30 minutes.
By evening, things had taken a violent turn, reported KPCC’s Josie Huang. For reasons that are still unclear, Sheriff’s deputies fired so-called “less-than-lethal” projections, including munitions and chemical irritants, into the crowd of protesters and journalists.
The LASD did not provide a statement by our Sunday deadline.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
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Today would have been the 41st annual Labor Day parade in Wilmington. Instead, union organizers are staging a "Labor of Love" event, with a goal of giving out food to 3,500 families. It's a sign of the massive need generated by a pandemic that has thrown millions of people out of work, reports David Wagner.
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The Past 48 Hours In LA
Policing The Police: Saturday's march for Dijon Kizzee, the man killed by deputies in South L.A. on Aug. 31, started under the blazing sun and ended about five hours later, as deputies launched munitions and chemical irritants at protesters and journalists.
Heat And Fire: Sunday's unusually hot weather spiked consumer demand for energy, and heat-related equipment issues caused scattered power outages across Southern California. The Bobcat Fire broke out Sunday in the Angeles National Forest, near Cogswell Dam and the West Fork Picnic area. The El Dorado Fire near Yucaipa prompted evactuations.
Accountability In 2020: Manhattan Beach code enforcement officers worked diligently to ticket unmasked beachgoers – to moderate success. The Trump administration must, for now, stop winding down in-person counting efforts for the 2020 census.
Photo Of The Day
A protester holding an American flag faces off with CHP vehicles while marching over the death of Dijon Kizzee in South Los Angeles.
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