Hundreds of people paraded in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, with dozens staging a die-in at police headquarters in the latest in a series of demonstrations against officer-involved deaths of unarmed black men in Los Angeles, New York and Ferguson.
Protesters gathered at noon today at Pershing Square and at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, where an allegedly knife-wielding man was shot dead by police last week.
Dozens of protesters made their way to Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in the 100 block of Spring Street, where they laid down in the street. The building was surrounded by metal barricades until about an hour after the protesters dispersed.
No arrests were reported there, but four people — three women and a man — were arrested in Hollywood this afternoon on suspicion of failing to disperse when ordered, police said.
About 300 people took part in the Hollywood protest, said Sgt. Chuck Slater of the LAPD’s Hollywood Station. One of the protesters was photographed burning an American flag.
Today’s protests were organized by the groups Answer LA, Stop Mass Incarceration Network and Black Lives Matter and took place as thousands marched in the San Francisco Bay Area; San Diego; New York City; Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere.