Huge protest in downtown L.A. targets DA Jackie Lacey; others demonstrate around Southland

Huge protest in downtown L.A. targets DA Jackie Lacey; others demonstrate around Southland
More peaceful demonstrations occurred across Southern California on Wednesday, with thousands converging at the Los Angeles civic center to protest Dist. Atty Jackie Lacey.The downtown protest was the biggest of numerous marches to express outrage at police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. There were marches in Hollywood, Whittier, Hancock Park, Long Beach, West…

More peaceful demonstrations occurred across Southern California on Wednesday, with thousands converging at the Los Angeles civic center to protest Dist. Atty Jackie Lacey.

The downtown protest was the biggest of numerous marches to express outrage at police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. There were marches in Hollywood, Whittier, Hancock Park, Long Beach, West Hollywood and Newport Beach.

Lacey has long been a target of some activists, who have criticized her for not prosecuting more police officers for misconduct. She’s locked in a runoff for reelection.

Thousands were standing in Grand Park in front of the criminal courthouse.

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Stephen Chang, 32, left, of Silver Lake, with an American flag draped over his head, joins other demonstrators at the intersection of Spring St. and Temple St. in downtown Los Angeles, as they protest against L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and also demand justice in the death of George Floyd.  

(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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Miles Miles, 8, left, and Memphis Miley, 6, center, of Newport Beach, show their support for Black Lives Matter during a protest against racism in Newport Beach. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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Protester Vailing high-fives National Guardsmen as they march through Hollywood to demand justice for the killing of George Floyd in Hollywood. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters march through a residential neighborhood in Hollywood. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters walk through a residential neighborhood in Hollywood. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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A L.A. Sheriff’s deputy watches as protester Annik Chung holds a sign while cheering on marchers along La Brea Ave. in Hollywood. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Mustafa-Ali, 27, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, joins other demonstrators as they protest on Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles. 

(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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John Michaels carries an American flag through a residential neighborhood past during a protest march in Hollywood. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Paul Villalobos, 28, from Oakland, joins other demonstrators as they protest on Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles. 

(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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A motorcyclist finds his way through a residential neighborhood in Hollywood blocked. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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A huge crowd gathers in downtown Los Angeles protestor the death of George Floyd and in support of Black Lives Matter. 

(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors march through downtown Los Angeles.  

(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors march through downtown Los Angeles. 

(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors march through downtown Los Angeles. 

(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

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Hundreds of demonstrators block traffic as they march down both sides of Balboa Blvd. to protest against racism in Newport Beach. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. look on as protesters march along Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles. 

(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters gather at the Newport Beach Civic Center Park bridge. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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A protester has kind words for Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies as marchers make their way through West Hollywood to demand justice for the killing of George Floyd during march on Wednesday. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters march through West Hollywood to demand justice for the killing of George Floyd during march on Wednesday. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters march through West Hollywood to demand justice for the killing of George Floyd during march on Wednesday. 

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors rally on the steps Anaheim City Hall steps against last week’s in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors rally on the steps Anaheim City Hall steps against last week’s in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

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Hundreds of protesters march down Balboa Blvd. in Newport Beach.  

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors rally on the steps Anaheim City Hall steps against last week’s in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors rally on the steps Anaheim City Hall steps against last week’s in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

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Bando Kev prays along Hollywood Blvd. in front of the National Guard and near TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. 

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

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A couple promote peace on Highland Ave. in Hollywood as protesters continue to demonstrate. 

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

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Makenzie Anderson, 2, rides on her father, Shawn’s shoulders as they join hundreds of protesters marching throughout downtown. 

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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Marcus Owen, yells out chants for George Floyd as hundreds of protesters gather outside City Hall in a daylong protest. 

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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Hussain Sharif, left, Mari Drake, and Thomas Rosado chant as they ride along with hundreds of protesters at a downtown demonstration. 

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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Hundreds of protesters march throughout downtown ending with many arrested for curfew violations.  

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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“Hands up. Don’t shoot,” say hundreds participating in a march against the of George Floyd on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice onTuesday. 

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

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Members of the California National Guard flash peace signs after protesters had marched by in support of Black Lives Matter in Venice. 

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters shoot hoops while taking a break from marching against the death of George Floyd by police on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice on Tuesday. The basketball hoop was attached to the front of a bus that followed the protest for a while.  

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

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Several hundred protesters take a knee and hold their fists in the air during a moment of silence to honor George Floyd during a peaceful protest march from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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A woman stands next to an image of George Floyd as hundreds participate in a march and against the in-custody death of Floyd in Venice. 

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

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Terrence Burney, 36, left, and Commander of the LAPD Operation West Bureau Cory Palka, , right, talk together peacefully in front of Getty House in Hancock Park. 

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

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Protestors gather outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Hancock Park house as they continue to demonstrate against police brutality. 

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

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Jessica Jordan takes a knee as she joins other protesters at Sunset & Vine in Hollywood on Tuesday. 

(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

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A young woman reacts to a group chant, while gathered with a couple hundred people to protest the death of George Floyd and in support of Black Lives Matter, near the Manhattan Beach Pier. 

(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

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Jayse Garcia, 27, of Los Angeles takes part in a demonstration in Hollywood. 

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters sit in front of National Guardsmen closing Sunset Blvd at Vine Street in Hollywood. 

(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

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Several hundred protesters take a knee and hold their fists in the air during a moment of silence to honor George Floyd during a peaceful march from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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Mira Ercingoz,16, from Palos Verdes, center in red hat, holds a poster with an image of George Floyd alongside protesters in Manhattan Beach. 

(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

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Demonstrators take a knee during protests in Hollywood on Tuesday.

 

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

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A mother and daughter pass protestors in Hollywood. 

(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

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Demonstrators march through Hollywood protesting the death of George Floyd and police brutality.

 

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

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Several hundred protesters gather to demand justice for George Floyd at the Manhattan Beach Pier Plaza Tuesday. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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Janie Hill,15, from Lawndale, receives a hug from a friend, following an emotional discussion with a Manhattan Beach Police officer, at the conclusion of a protest in Manhattan Beach. 

(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

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LAPD officers move a crowd of protestors up Cahuenga Blvd. to Yucca for crowd control in Hollywood. 

(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

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Several hundred protesters chant and march from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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LAPD Cmdr. Gerald Woodyard takes a knee with clergy members from the Los Angeles area as they participate in a march and demonstration outside LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles. 

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti walks out to address protesters and clergy members outside LAPD headquarters on Tuesday. 

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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Several hundred protesters take a knee and hold their fists in the air during a moment of silence to honor George Floyd during a peaceful protest march from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach. 

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

In West Hollywood, protester Nick Atkinson said: “I’m so freaking mad.”

He repeatedly yelled at sheriff’s deputies who were present about how they should be wearing masks, taking a knee and be held accountable for their actions.

He said he has lived in Los Angeles 20 years and wanted to publicly protest to make clear that the killing of black men and women is wrong.

“Where are your masks. Why aren’t you wearing your masks? You’re all paid to serve and protect us,” he yelled. “Where are your masks?“

For Gale Oliver Jr., a pastor at the Greater Light Family Church in Santa Ana, a protest against racism and police brutality in one of Orange County’s wealthiest enclaves was a sign of the times.

“It’s a blessing that this is going on in Newport Beach,” Oliver, who is black, said. “I mean, this is going on in Newport Beach? I guess America is finally listening.”

Oliver said pastors in Santa Ana began meeting regularly with Orange County law enforcement officials about five years ago in hopes of ending “policing from the point of view that they’re under attack.” He’s seen progress but more needs to be done, he said, here and throughout the country.

“Two men have said, ‘I can’t breathe.’ One said it eight times, one said it 11 times,” Oliver said, referring to the deaths of Floyd and Eric Garner, who died while being restrained by a New York City policeman. “I can’t breathe — what that really means is there’s things that will suffocate you. Racism will suffocate you. Hate will suffocate you.”

Kyle Scallon, 21, turned out Wednesday to protest not just Floyd’s death, but a discriminatory approach he believes law enforcement in Orange County has practiced for too long. Driving in his hometown of Mission Viejo and elsewhere in the county, Scallon said, he has been pulled over by officers intent on questioning his girlfriend, who is Creole.

“They ask me for my license,” he said, “and they ask her where she lives, where she’s going, what she’s doing in the car.”In his experience, Scallon said, the default view for police is to assume people of color are doing something wrong, no matter the circumstances of the encounter.

“I’m here because I just want cops to realize not everyone’s bad,” he said, standing with a group of protesters on the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. “It’s become the system, but they need to realize not everyone they meet is bad.”

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