Photos, Videos: Day 2 Of Ferguson Protests In L.A. Leads To Over 100 Arrests, 101 Freeway Blocked
Protesters rallied coast to coast—including throughout Los Angeles—for the second day in a row after a grand jury made the decision to not to indict white Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teen, Michael Brown. During last night's demonstration, about 150 people were arrested and the 101 Freeway was briefly closed down.
LAPD told KPCC that protesters were arrested early Wednesday morning for failing to disperse and disorderly conduct during the protests. Demonstrators are still getting booked as of this morning, so a final headcount hasn't been determined yet. LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman told NBC Los Angeles that everyone has been cooperative during the arrests.
Here's a Vine of the beginning of the mass arrests at Flower and 9th streets:
There weren't any reports of people being injured or any property damage. However, Neiman said he was disappointed to find that some protesters had brought mace and clubs. "There are certain individuals who feel the need to have weapons with them, makeshift homemade weapons, and it's really unfortunate. It detracts from this whole message and we are here to support them," Neiman said.
The protests, which were mostly peaceful, began around 3 p.m. on Tuesday in downtown and South L.A., and later spread onto the 101 Freeway at Grand Avenue a little after 9 p.m., reported KABC. Crowds blocked traffic coming from both directions on the freeway with barricades and debris they found on the roads. A protester threw a frozen water bottle at an officer's head, NBC Los Angeles reported. CHP arrested at least four trying to get onto the freeway. Others rallied on the Grand Avenue overpass before police managed to get everyone off of the freeway and bridge.
Downtown surface streets near the freeway backed up as drivers tried to escape the traffic. A group of protesters laid on the streets at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Grand Avenue, according to the L.A. Times. About 20 had a sit-in on Temple Street. A few jumped on a police car near the Hall of Administration on Temple Street before one was detained.
This guy took selfies while standing on top of a moving police car:
Protesters chanting "Hands up, don't shoot!" downtown at 7th and Broadway:
Earlier in the day, there were demonstrations at Leimart Park, with protesters chanting "Hands up, don't shoot" in memory of Brown, who was shot and killed on Aug. 9 as they marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the LAPD Southwest station.
Protesters were on the floor chanting at Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards:
About 300 protesters marched on Figueroa Street going toward Pico Boulevard, and ended up in front of the LAPD Administration Building at 100 West 1st Street by 8 p.m.
Some protesters threw cones at LAPD officers outside the police headquarters:
Police guarding the LAPD headquarters:
Update 12:17 p.m.: A total of 192 people were arrested since yesterday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told City News Service. Of that group, nine were taken into custody this morning around 9 a.m. when protesters briefly blocked traffic on the 101 Freeway. As for the rest of the arrestees, 167 were taken into custody for disturbing the peace, 15 minors for violating curfew, and one for felony battery on a peace officer.
"We want to help people make their point,'' Beck said. "Whether we agree with that point or not is immaterial. We respect the right of Americans to speak out, but we will not allow Americans to speak out in a way that infringes on the rights of others.''
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