7 Arrests Made at Otherwise Peaceful Prop 8 Protests
An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people gathered protested in the streets of West Hollywood and Hollywood last night (as well as in San Francisco). "Maybe losing a right was what our community needed to get us out of the bars and into the streets, but I feel more energized than ever tonight," wrote blogger Boi from Troy who left the march early when the LAPD showed up. "Things started getting tense, as the crowd was blocked in on both sides by LAPD... LAPD's mistake was stopping the crowd rather than directing it back to West Hollywood. LAPD went on tactical alert, which seemed like an over-reaction, when they should have coordinated with the Sheriff, which handled things well."
In all, seven people were arrested between the two cities where the protests were. The LA County Sheriff's Department, who patrol West Hollywood, arrested three people--two for failure to disperse and one for public drunkenness. All were cited and released on the spot, according to Steve Whitmore of the department. The LAPD arrested four people for disturbance of the peace. One of them was also arrested for battery on a police officer. "The majority of the protest was peaceful anyway except for those protesters," Officer April Harding said.
Laura Hertzfeld was at the LAPD police line in Hollywood taking photos and was graceful enough to let us share them with you. Thank you!