Nearly 200 Arrested Following Anti-Trump Protest in Downtown L.A.

By City News Service

Around 185 protesters were in custody Friday following another round of protests over Donald J. Trump’s election in downtown Los Angeles, police said.

While most protesters on Thursday were regarded as peaceful by police, officers gave dispersal orders to an aggressive group that refused to budge from the area around Olympic Boulevard and Olive Street around midnight, said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im.

Thursday night’s protests, which extended into the Friday morning hours, prompted Metro to detour some buses off Spring Street.

There were no reports of protesters hurling items at officers Thursday night, unlike the night before, but one officer was assaulted and hospitalized and his condition was not immediately available, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. The suspect who assaulted the officer was also hospitalized, she
said.

No other injuries were reported.

Eisenman said there were reports of vandalism and graffiti in downtown but did not specify where.

Thirty protesters were arrested 24 hours earlier early Thursday, when hundreds shut down portions of the Hollywood (101) Freeway in unrest that began Wednesday night. The number of protesters late Thursday night was about a third of Wednesday’s 3,000.

Some high school students took to the Hollywood Freeway near downtown Los Angeles again about 3 p.m. Thursday, causing lane closures before officers were able to clear them off.

Hundreds of protesters gathered again in the evening and marched from City Hall to Staples Center and back, being joined along the way by a contingent from USC, where protests took place earlier in the day. A protest was also held at UCLA.

“We’re here to protect everybody’s right to free speech but not when it impedes everyone else and not when it puts people in harm’s way,” said LAPD Public Information Director Josh Rubenstein.

In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the right to free expression is “one of our greatest privileges as Americans,” but added that unlawful, dangerous behavior won’t be tolerated.

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