This violence is dangerous for not only police and by standards, but for the protesters themselves. People were driving dangerously close to the crowds. What started off as a peaceful vigil soon turned into a reason to riot.
Protests erupted at a South Los Angeles intersection Sunday night not far from where a teenager died in an officer-involved shooting after police say he fled from a suspected stolen vehicle.
Shortly before 10 p.m., authorities issued a citywide tactical alert and asked protesters standing at the intersection of Western Avenue and 108th Street to disperse or they would be arrested. As the evening went on, at least four people were taken into custody. The alert was called off around midnight.
Around 8 p.m., at least two dozen people gathered together at the intersection of Western Avenue and 108th Street, prompting road closures and a heavier police presence.
Some of the protesters were seen dancing on top of cars, while others drove cars into the middle of the intersection and did multiple donuts before speeding away.
The protests come a day after 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr was killed by police behind a home in the 1700 block of 107th Street moments after he fled from a suspected stolen vehicle that was involved in a car chase.
— Chelsea Edwards (@abc7chelsea) October 3, 2016