Los Angeles police arrest hundreds of Ferguson protesters
November 27, 2014
Protests following a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer for a fatal shooting have spurred arrests across California, including hundreds in Los Angeles. [LA Times]
On Monday, the grand jury opted not to indict officer Darren Wilson, a white American, over the killing of teenager Michael Brown, a black American, whom the policeman shot during a struggle between the two in August. Subsequently, protests erupted nationwide, some of which led to unrest in cities like Los Angeles and Oakland.
Los Angeles police arrested 183 protesters overnight Tuesday and then about 130 more Wednesday night. Through Tuesday night, Los Angeles led the country in total arrests of Ferguson demonstrators.
Most of the arrests occurred after demonstrators refused orders to disperse from the streets. Many protesters blocked freeway traffic as well, and some engaged in vandalism, fighting and weapons offenses.
On Monday night, Oakland police arrested 43 protesters following vandalism and looting. Police said demonstrators looted a Smart & Final in downtown Oakland, and 10 merchants reported that their storefront windows were shattered.
Some protesters also threw rocks and bottles at officers. Several officers were injured in the melee.