CHAOS on Third Night of Trayvon Martin Protests in Oakland, L.A. (LIVE UPDATES)
Here’s a recap of the unrest in Los Angeles as a result of pro-Trayvon Martin protests:
• Several reports of vandalism and assault, though extent is unclear
• Vandalism confirmed at Wal-Mart, Jack in the Box,
• LAPD arrest 13 for assault, vandalism of property and vehicles
• KCAL 9 news crew assaulted
• LAPD plans to be much tougher on Wednesday
• Robbery or beating was caught on NBC Los Angeles’ live feed
• Several scuffles between protesters seen on live feed
• Public officials decry violence and property destruction
Here’s where things stand in Oakland:
• Multiple arrests for assault, vandalism of property vehicles
• Standoffs with police, chants of “f**k the police” and “go home pigs”
• Fireworks, mulch, bottles reportedly thrown at officers
• Smashed windows at several businesses
• Protesters burn American flag and chant “Trayvon Martin”
UPDATE 2:15 a.m. ET: The violence continues in Oakland:
Oakland police were threatening to use chemical agents if protesters didn’t comply with the order to disperse.
However, the situation in L.A. seemed to be somewhat in control as of 2:18 a.m. ET Tuesday morning.
UPDATE 2:04 a.m. ET: NBC Los Angeles reports that a KCAL 9 news crew was assaulted in Los Angeles. A photographer was reportedly assaulted and a reporter injured.
LA Times’ Ruben Vives was able to find a witness to the attack:
– UPDATE 1:46 a.m. ET: Police in Oakland were making multiple arrests late Tuesday following stand offs with protesters and chants of “f**k the police” and “go home pigs.” Photo and report via KCBS reporter Chris Filippi:
Protesters were seen on live video throwing fireworks and bottles at police. They seemed to be getting more unruly as the night went on. More property damage in Oakland at Men’s Warehouse store:
– UPDATE 1:42 a.m. ET:After protesters refused to comply with an order to disperse late Tuesday, the LAPD began making arrests. Protesters in cuffs:
– UPDATE 1:28 a.m. ET: As protesters in Oakland chanted, “no justice, no peace, f**k the police,” cops in Los Angeles were gearing up to make mass arrests after declaring an unlawful assembly.
We will bring you more updates shortly. – UPDATE 1:11 a.m. ET: Pro-Trayvon Martin protesters in Oakland are seen in stand off with police where they reportedly shouted epithets at OPD officers, according to reporter Josh Richman. At the same time, the LA Times’ Andrew Blankstein said the LAPD tells him protesters were throwing chunks of concrete at officers in Los Angeles. There were no reports of injuries. – UPDATE 12:52 a.m. ET: LAPD has now declared unlawful assembly in South LA. Police say protest “not going to end well if they remain,” NBC LA reports.
Here’s video of protesters in Oakland burning a flag during a previous “rally”: – UPDATE 12:06 a.m. ET: A protester in L.A. was caught on tape throwing a trash can into a Jack in the Box window, smashing the glass. Watch below (Video via @LATvives):
UPDATE 11:47 p.m. ET: “LAPD confirms damage to property, vehicles by group of marchers on Crenshaw Blvd. No specific damage est. yet & more arrests expected,” the Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Blankstein reports via Twitter.
The Times’ Maria La Ganga reports that police in Oakland have “made multiple arrests” and are seeking more cops to deal with Trayvon Martin protests.
UPDATE 11:37 p.m. ET: Protesters in L.A. made their way down Crenshaw Blvd. Monday night. There were reports of “sporadic incidents of vandalism and fighting.”
An individual was apparently assaulted at a gas station by group of protesters in southern L.A., CBS Los Angeles reports.
Meanwhile, pro-Trayvon Martin protesters in Oakland were reportedly blocking the entrance to “Fairyland” but were still moving along, KTVU reports.
LOS ANGELES (TheBlaze/AP) Protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland blocked traffic and clashed with police in a day of protests in California against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Several people were arrested in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles police said they began making arrests early Monday after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and an unlawful assembly was declared.
More than 100 police officers converged on the crowd and ordered people to disperse.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has called for peace late on Monday and cut short a trip to the East Coast.
Police arrested six people at that and other demonstrations Sunday and early Monday, mostly for failure to disperse and one person for battery on a police officer, Officer Norma Eisenman said. She did not have details.
A handful of people also were given citations, mostly for blocking a street or jaywalking, she said.
No injuries were reported, Eisenman said.
Earlier Sunday evening, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged protesters to “practice peace” in a Twitter posting, after groups of people broke off from a large march and walked onto Interstate 10 at Crenshaw Boulevard, shutting the busy freeway for about 30 minutes. Some carried a large poster with a photo of Martin.
Officers eventually dispersed the crowd, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. However, at a nearby street corner a crowd threw rocks and flashlight batteries at officers, prompting them to fire beanbag rounds. The protest wound down late Sunday, but some scattered groups remained.
In Oakland, police confronted members of a crowd who began breaking windows and spray-painting graffiti at a downtown intersection Sunday night, the Oakland Tribune reported.
Protesters marched about five miles before sitting at a major intersection and blocking traffic. The Tribune said the crowd was largely peaceful, but by 10 p.m. a smaller group of protesters began vandalizing businesses.
KGO-TV reported that rocks and bottles were thrown toward police.
The police communications office said early Monday that the protest had wound down but had no information on whether any arrests had been made.
Earlier, demonstrations across the state were largely peaceful Sunday afternoon as hundreds took to the streets to march in support of the slain 17-year-old, blocking traffic on major streets of San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.
Police closed San Francisco’s Market Street and escorted about 400 people as they marched across downtown to the waterfront Ferry Building. The racially diverse crowd of protesters banged drums, blew whistles and held signs that declared “Zimmerman: the people say guilty,” and “The whole system is racist.”
Rand Powdrill, 41, of San Leandro, said he came to “protest the execution of an innocent black teenager.”
“If our voices can’t be heard, then this is just going to keep going on,” he said.
A similar march shut down Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. It was peaceful until small groups broke away, Smith said. By late Sunday, a few dozen remaining protesters marched to Hollywood Boulevard and brought traffic at a busy intersection to a standstill.
The demonstrations came a day after Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in Martin’s February 2012 death in Florida. Zimmerman has maintained the shooting was self-defense. The death of the unarmed black teen unleashed debate across the U.S. over racial profiling.
In downtown Oakland Saturday night, people broke windows, vandalized cars and buildings and started small fires in the streets. Local media reports said officers formed a line to block the protesters’ path.
In a statement Sunday, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Martin’s death “raised powerful, incredibly difficult issues” surrounding racial profiling, but she criticized vandals who “dishonored the memory of Trayvon by engaging in violent activities that hurt our growing economy and endangered people.”
“We will not tolerate violence in our city,” Quan said.