Protesters in LA force freeway to gridlock during rush hour

LOS ANGELES – In Los Angeles, protesters took to the streets, expressing their disappointment in the justice system while raising awareness of the number of officers involved in shootings in their region.

Vandalizing cop cars, an intense standoff, and police in riot gear barricading freeway entrances – the tense moments led to over a hundred arrests this morning. Before the disorderly conduct, it had begun as a peaceful day of protests in Los Angeles.

Filipinos took part in the day long city-wide action in solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

“It’s the power of the young people in the streets of all walks of life that can really create the kind of change we want to see,” said Theresa Jaramilla, a Filipina activist.

For Southern Californians, the racial tensions of recent cases such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, are reminiscent of the Watts riots of 1965 and Rodney King of the 90s.

Officer-involved shootings have been common in Southern California. Protesters wrote names on sidewalks and held pictures of other alleged police brutality victims.

In 2012, Filipino Bernie Villegas was gunned down by SWAT officers in Orange County after he was seen with a BB gun outside his apartment complex.

Despite Villegas surrendering, investigations found that police had reasonable cause to use deadly force because the BB gun looked real.

“It’s pretty bad,” said Nikole Cababa, member of BAYAN USA. “Since 2000, there’s been 600 officer-involved shootings and murders in our communities. We should be concerned. As part of the Filipino community, we live in those communities as well.”

The Tuesday protests, which lasted into the early Wednesday hours, had caused several traffic delays and public safety concerns, prompting the arrests.

In Oakland, protesters set fires, vandalized property and businesses and blocked off freeways, resulting in arrests on Tuesday, while a wall of San Diego protesters made their way onto the freeway, putting this morning’s rush hour traffic at a standstill.

The police department has been on tactical alert in recent days to ensure that peace and order are kept as protesters express themselves in the wake of the potentially volatile Michael Brown verdict.

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  • Delia
    26 November 2014 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Sad how libbie politicians and self-serving race hustlers like Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are doing harm to black Americans, to the profound detriment of the nation as a whole. And, of course, Obozobama and Holder are abetting this travesty.

    The grand jury result was announced, carefully detailed as to reasons. The rule of law prevailed. No matter. The group was primed. They would’ve rioted if the indictment had been handed down, they rioted when it wasn’t. And Americans have a right to be angry, too, at the unjustified violence and destruction in our society. It was a lynch mob on display.

  • noz
    26 November 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    these protesters are just into criminal activities. no reasonable americans will go along with their destructive stoppage. the rebuilding of structures these vicious, thuggish protesters destroyed may never be built, such communities were defaced forever.

    the stepfather of the dead thug was firing up the out of control, violent opposers of the grand jury verdict. the barbaric protesters are without doubt into burning cities/towns they are occupying. these insane, threatening protesters are unstoppable, the only way to stop the violence is to send all these goons to jail, through swift arrest of violent protesters, and swift court hearing for convictions of violent offenders, hiding self as protesters.

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