Second night of scattered protests in LA a bit uglier (updates)

ABC7 photo

A group of a few hundred that appears to be composed of protesters, labor activists and opportunists marched through South LA and downtown on Tuesday night. The larger group stopped outside LAPD headquarters for more than an hour, with occasional thrown objects and confrontations with officers who lined sidewalk barricades — an officer was reportedly hit a a bottle of frozen water — but the crowd was mostly calm and not violent. A smaller group broke off and began carrying traffic barriers and other objects up Hill Street to Temple Street, then to the Grand Avenue overpass above the 101 Freeway. Some dropped objects onto the freeway while others moved onto the freeway to set up barriers and disrupt traffic. Police moved in to clear the freeway, but drivers were stopped in both directions of the freeway for several minutes under Grand Avenue. I've seen no reports of any injuries or arrests. There has been some police moving into the crowd on Grand Avenue above the freeway.

There is scattered street action in Oakland, Washingto, D.C. and elsewhere, and another tense night in Ferguson, Mo.

KCAL 9 has been covering the Los Angeles protest on the air in between reports from Ferguson and other unrelated stories. ABC 7 has a live stream on the web.

10:15 p.m. update: Protesters removed from the 101 freeway area blocked the intersection of Grand and Cesar Chavez on the edge of Chinatown. Police moved in and cleared the intersection.

12:30 a.m. update: After monitoring a break-off group of about 100 that walked through streets from the Civic Center to LA Live, then milled in intersections, the LAPD boxed in about a dozen remaining protesters and began making arrests. Screen grab from NBC 4's live feed:


Four arrests were made elsewhere during the night, thus far. The LAPD was also at Temple and Spring confronting a group of remaining protesters milling in traffic there, per NBC 4's feed.

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