Unruly demonstrators protesting George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin reportedly shut down part of a freeway in Los Angeles Sunday night, with police eventually firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
Around 200 people protesting the verdict marched onto eastbound Interstate 10 in Los Angeles, shutting down the freeway for better than 30 minutes and clashing with police, according to the local NBC affiliate.
NBC LA reported that protesters said the group was cleared from I-10 by about 7 p.m., when LAPD officers began firing rubber bullets. It was also reported that video shot by protesters showed police officers striking them with batons. There was at least one arrest on suspicion of throwing rocks and bottles at an officer.
The Los Angeles Times reported that authorities said some demonstrators threw rocks and D-cell batteries at police nearby. Police responded by firing bean bags at demonstrators and arresting at least four people.
Shamefully, the Huffington Post reported on the protests under the headline, “Los Angeles Trayvon Martin Protests, Mostly Peaceful, Reach Hollywood.”
While the article reported on the violence, it references “a Huff Po blogger” among the protestors who described the scene as peaceful and happy, and claimed that despite the fact that they were peaceful, police still shot rubber bullets into the crowd.
The Times added that about 80 protesters gathered in front of the CNN building in Hollywood just after midnight, chanting “No Justice, No Peace.” The gathering was declared an unlawful assembly by police and more than 100 officers in riot gear began making arrests and telling people to disperse.
Some images from Los Angeles, via Twitchy.com:
Trayvon Martin demonstrators are marching on the FREEWAY in LA. pic.twitter.com/GB8oJBp2sS
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 15, 2013
Photo: Trayvon Martin demonstrators blocking traffic in Los Angeles (KABC) – pic.twitter.com/np44PWOly7
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) July 15, 2013
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 15, 2013