13 Arrested After L.A. Protest Turns Violent; Police Promise Crackdown


About 350 Los Angeles police officers swarmed the Crenshaw district Monday night after groups of youths broke away from a peaceful park protest of the George Zimmerman acquittal and stomped on cars, broke windows, set fires and attacked several people, reports the city’s Times. Among those attacked were a television reporter and his cameraman. At least 13 people were arrested.

Police estimated that about 150 people took part in the violence, which Mayor Eric Garcetti blamed on a “a small group [that] has taken advantage of this situation.” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck put the public on notice that officers would be taking a more aggressive posture toward protesters beginning Tuesday. “This will not be allowed to continue,” Beck said.

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