Police make arrests, declare unlawful assembly as 100 people protest LA shutting down Echo Park Lake indefinitely

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – About a dozen people were arrested as hundreds protested the removal of a large homeless encampment in Echo Park Thursday night. Police declared an unlawful assembly after officers said the large crowd used high-intensity lights in an attempt to blind officers.

Around 8:11 p.m, LAPD said that anyone still at Echo Park is under arrest and no longer free to leave the area. The LAPD tweeted they set up a designated protest zone on Glendale Blvd. Anyone arrested outside that zone could face misdemeanor charges.

LA Times Reporter James Queally was taken into police custody as he was covering the protests.

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