Multiple people were detained in downtown Los Angeles Friday evening after allegedly damaging police cars and throwing objects at officers during demonstrations against police brutality.
Several people were detained shortly before 7 p.m. near Fifth and Olive streets for allegedly throwing objects at officers and damaging police cars that were parked near the intersection, according to broadcast reports from the scene.
It was not immediately clear how many were detained.
Demonstrators peacefully gathered about 5 p.m. outside City Hall and marched south on Spring Street, then north on Figueroa Street, to demand justice for George Floyd, who died Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis Police Department officer, Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee on the 46-year-old man’s neck for several minutes while three other officers looked on.
Video footage of the arrest, in which Floyd is heard saying “I can’t breathe,” spread widely online, and all four officers were fired.
Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday.
The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on tactical alert about 2:20 p.m. as a precaution ahead of the protests, according to Officer Tony Im.
“While the vast majority of individuals in Los Angeles have expressed those views in a peaceful manner, we have witnessed an increasing level of violence and property damage committed by small number of detractors,” the LAPD said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
“The violence involved dangerous projectiles directed at our people as well as some property damage to businesses in the area. While isolated, if left unchallenged we face the potential of those actions expanding and hurting innocent individuals.”
Said LAPD Chief Michel Moore: “We stand with our communities and rebuke any instance of police brutality as well as acts of violence or property damage.”
The issuing of a tactical alert requires all on-duty personnel to remain on duty, Im said.
“We’re going to have more people on-duty because staff is not going home… For example, all the day watch people stay on and the night watch people have started, so we have double the amount of staffing,” Im said.
Protests in Los Angeles have been generally peaceful, though some demonstrators shattered the windows of two on-duty California Highway Patrol vehicles while hundreds of demonstrators blocked traffic on the Hollywood (101) Freeway, near Alameda Street, downtown Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday’s protests outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters were on a smaller scale, and some demonstrators surrounded a California Highway Patrol vehicle, but it did not appear to sustain damage, even as at least one protester kicked the cruiser.
Another handful of protesters on Thursday threw water bottles and a skateboard at a law enforcement vehicle near the headquarters. That car also sped off without visible damage.
The department’s headquarters was vandalized with graffiti that read “1312 ACAB,” a common acronym and its numeric code for “All Cops Are Bastards.”
On Friday, a photo circulated on Twitter of an ABC7 van tagged with illegible graffiti.