LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Protestors took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Wednesday in a demonstration in the name of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned beneath a Minneapolis police officer’s knee.
A large group broke away and got onto the 101 Freeway around 6 p.m., blocking traffic on both sides of the freeway during rush hour as Los Angeles Police Department officers and Los Angeles Fire Department units responded.
At one point, some people surrounded a California Highway Patrol car and were seen banging on it and kicking it as the vehicle drove through the crowd on the freeway near Alameda Street. Several climbed onto the car’s hood and then fell off as it drove away, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
One person was seen rolling off the hood and hitting the ground as the patrol car sped up.
Firefighters were later seen treating the person, who was lying on the ground in the midst of the crowd, before transporting him in an ambulance. Officials did not provide information on the person’s condition.
Video showed protestors smashing the rear window of a second patrol car that approached after the person fell.
Protestors later marched away from the freeway and towards the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Many were seen wearing face masks and holding signs as they participated. Black Lives Matter, which had organized the protest, had asked demonstrators to practice social distancing and wear masks.
The group also planned to demonstrate in front of L.A. District Attorney’s Jackie Lacey’s office at 4 p.m. to protest in the name of those who died in L.A. police custody.
The Los Angeles Police Department said it’s responding to the protest, which apparently drew more than 200 hundred people.
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement Wednesday evening regarding the protest.
“We hear your anger & your pain. We will always facilitate freedom of speech. Period. All we ask is that protests are held in a safe & legal manner,” the tweet read, in part.
No further details were immediately available.
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