Yesterday, October 22nd, about 150 people marched through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles remembering the lives of those stolen from communities at the hands of law enforcement. Leading the march that started around Pershing Square in the afternoon and ended at Los Angeles Police Headquarters in the early evening was the families of those who lost their lives to police brutality. The event was organized by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation but there were many local grassroots organizations present including the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Gender Justice Los Angeles, and the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. There were also plenty of Occupy LA people present.
Check out pictures from the march below.
As someone new to Los Angeles, who has attended Oct. 22 events in NYC in the past, there was some tension between organizations and somewhat poor planning that seems to characterize these events. I was really surprised by how the Los Angeles Police Department isn’t “on top” of protesters, meaning physically close, while they march. They generally allow for a buffer space in both the front and the back of the march,which is something unheard of in NYC where the NYPD is very physically close to marchers.
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