George Floyd's death first ignited a protest in Minneapolis, and it seems that Los Angeles is following in its footsteps.
Following the tragic police-involved murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, citizens of the city took to the streets. They were protesting against police brutality and were met by swarms of officers who pelted them with rubber bullets and tear gas. As the second day of protests lingers on, some people have taken to looting and destroying property as fears of rioting brewed. Over on the West Coast, Los Angeles has sparked a rebellion of their own, and thousands of people have stormed the busy and ever-popular 101 freeway, halting movement in the downtown area. According to reports, the Los Angeles Police Department has pulled together its tactical unit to descend on the location.
"Peaceful demonstrations are a hallmark of our country. Violence is unwarranted and takes away from the message. I urge all of us to protest peacefully for the sake of everyone’s public safety. -Alex Villanueva, Sheriff of Los Angeles County," the LAPD tweeted on Wednesday (May 27). Local news stations have hovered overhead in their copters, and The Los Angeles Times has stated that at least one patrol vehicle has been vandalized.
People of all ages, colors, creeds, and backgrounds have marched to the Metropolitan Detention Center as they don masks and hold up "Black Lives Matter" signs. We've pulled together a few images and videos being shared on social media, so you can scroll through those below.