Video shows at least one person who appears to be injured as a California Highway Patrol cruiser drives through a crowd of protesters gathered on the highway in downtown Los Angeles. The protest against police brutality followed the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned down by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
While nearly a thousand protestors took to the streets, a large group was captured on camera piling on top of the highway patrol car and kicking the vehicle. As the car speeds up and attempts to drive through the crowd of protestors on the 101 Freeway near Alameda Street, a person falls from the car and remains still on the side of the road.
According to KTLA 5, the Los Angeles Fire Department attended to the man seen lying face down on the highway and transported him to a local hospital via ambulance. The man’s identity has not been revealed, nor have authorities released an update on his injuries.
A second CHP vehicle drove up to assist the first car, but, as reported by ABC 7, protestors smashed the car’s rear window before driving off. LAist journalist Chava Sanchez said that the man who fell off the CHP vehicle was bloody but that “his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.”
The protest, which started at 4 p.m. local time outside Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office, was promoted by the Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles.
“We’re calling for officers who kill people to go to prison and because Jackie Lacey, the district attorney, won’t do that, she needs to be voted out,” said Dr. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of LA’s Black Lives Matter. As day turned into night, cars drove by honking in unity while protestors took to the streets chanting, “When We Fight, We Win” and “Jackie Lacey Must Go.”
While many were seen wearing masks during the protest, social distancing was not practiced on the streets of downtown LA. There were no other injuries reported from Wednesday’s protest.
Protests Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Turned Extremely Violent & Fatal On Wednesday
The scene in Los Angeles was merely a preview of the violent protests in Minneapolis on Wednesday. On the second night of protests in the name of Floyd, the situation quickly escalated and the streets became a chaotic and violent scene.
Footage shared on Twitter showed protesters looting a Target, a Cub Foods, a Dollar Tree and an AutoZone store. Later in the evening, a fire broke out in the auto parts store and spread to other buildings while city fire crews rushed to control it.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz tweeted late Wednesday night, “The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation. For everyone’s safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene.”
Police are also investigating a homicide that took place outside a pawn shop, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany.