Southland protests continue Sunday against the decision to not file criminal charges against three Louisville Kentucky police officers in connection with the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
The Sunday rally is set for 11 a.m. in La Canada at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway and marks the fifth straight night of Taylor-related protests in the Los Angeles area and nationwide. It follows three similar Los Angeles area demonstrations Saturday in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Simi Valley.
On Friday, six people were arrested at a Breonna Taylor demonstration in West Hollywood but five have since been cited and released, according to sheriff’s watch sergeant said Sunday.
The sixth protester remains in custody on a separate charge that was not disclosed.
Meanwhile, video from the West Hollywood protest emerged Saturday that appeared to show a deputy striking a suspect on the ankles multiple times with a riot shield while the suspect was face-down on the ground and not resisting arrest.
A watch sergeant told City News Service he knew nothing about the video, but the Los Angeles Times cited a spokesperson who said the department was aware of the video, and that an investigation was being conducted into the use of force during Friday night’s arrests.
The Friday demonstrators had gathered at William S. Hart Park in West Hollywood, located at 8341 De Longpre Ave., near Sunset Boulevard. About 50 marchers were spotted going northbound on La Cienega Boulevard to join the rally shortly after 8 p.m.
“Several acts of vandalism took place, at which point an unlawful assembly was declared and an order to disperse was issued to the protesters,” Sgt. Jennifer Roth said. “After the order was given, two pickup trucks were seen driving recklessly on Sunset Boulevard with multiple subjects hanging out of the truck beds. Both vehicles then blocked traffic taking over the street on Sunset Boulevard, near San Vicente Boulevard.
“Deputies approached and detained approximately 10 adults. Six adults were subsequently arrested,” she continued. “The charges included reckless driving, unsecured passengers in a truck bed, taking over the streets, battery on a peace officer, lynching, resisting/obstructing deputies, and failure to disperse.”
California Penal Code 405a PC defines lynching as “a person who participates in the taking by means of a riot of another person from the lawful custody of a peace officer,” according to the California state Legislature.
One of the pickup trucks was black and FoxLA reported it was similar to one involved in an incident Thursday night in Hollywood.
Taylor was a 26-year-old emergency medical worker in Louisville, Kentucky who was fatally shot in her apartment after midnight on March 13 by officers executing a search warrant, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
A no-knock warrant had been issued in the case and was connected to a suspect who did not live with Taylor, but was a man she had previously dated.
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said he believed an intruder had entered the apartment and fired at least one shot, striking an officer in the leg, leading the police to return fire and mortally wound Taylor.
The Louisville City Council has since voted unanimously to approve “Breonna’s Law,” which bans “no-knock” warrants. City officials also approved a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s family.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on charges of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing shots that went into a nearby apartment during the incident. But the grand jury decided no other charges were warranted for the actions that directly led to Taylor’s death, which has prompted the continued protests.
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