Lots of People Protested for Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles
Yesterday evening, thousands of people across the country took to the streets to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
There were reports of demonstrations in New York, Oakland, San Francisco, DC, Atlanta, Florida, and a bunch of other places.
I headed down to the protest in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, I got there a little late, so missed the part when the protesters marched ON THE FREEWAY, shutting it down for 30 minutes.
When I joined the protest, they were walking through the Arlington Heights neighborhood. There were maybe 200 people marching.
As the protest moved, it was blocked several times by police lines, which began closing in.
After turning back a few times, the protesters managed to break through the police and made a break for it.
But they were stopped by another police line. A few people, like this guy, tried to get through, but the police managed to stop them by hitting them in the chest with batons.
I’m not entirely sure what happened next. According to the LAPD, the protesters started throwing bottles and rocks at them, so they opened fire with rubber bullets.
From where I was standing, I didn’t see anything get thrown until after the police had already shot into the crowd three or four times (including at a guy who was laying on the ground.)
Obviously, I was not looking at every single person that was there, so I could’ve missed some stuff getting tossed. Just saying what I saw.