Friday, November 28, 2014

183 Protestors arrested in Los Angeles, many more across Nation

Protests continued nationwide over the unjust non indictment of Darren Wilson, whom fatally shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th.

Source:Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles police arrested 183 protesters overnight Tuesday -- a much larger number than in other major cities in the nation on the second night of protests over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, at a news conference Wednesday morning, said he could not speak to what had occurred in other parts of the country but that the LAPD and CHP had been "extremely generous in allowing the expression of 1st Amendment activities.”

Police gave protesters an "absolute opportunity" to express themselves, he said, but within limits. Once the limits were reached, he said, police had to take action.
“It’s very easy to demonstrate in the city of Los Angeles and not get arrested,” he said.
He added: “It’s important to us that we not become the subject of the discussion.”
In total, L.A. police have arrested nearly 200 protesters since the Ferguson protests began.
A bulk of the arrests occurred Tuesday night. Of the 183 held, 167 were arrested for disturbing the peace, 15 juveniles for violating curfew, and one person was taken into custody for alleged felony battery after throwing a frozen water bottle at a police officer’s head, Beck said.

“The police department of Los Angeles wants to facilitate genuine 1st Amendment activity,” he said. “However, we will not condone or will not allow individuals to trample others’ 1st Amendment rights.”

Wednesday morning, nine protesters were arrested after blocking the 101 Freeway at Alvarado Street, Beck said. On Monday, police arrested four protesters during hours-long demonstrations. With Tuesday's arrests, the total arrest count was 196.
Beck said police will continue to allow people to express themselves through protest but “cannot continue to expend resources chasing people around the city of Los Angeles to do that.”
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the department planned to pursue charges against all the protesters arrested, including those arrested Wednesday morning.
In New York, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday night, and 10 of them were arrested.


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