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Demonstrators peacefully exercised their First Amendment Right to the beating death of a Memphis man by five of the City's police officers. Screen shot

LA protests mostly peaceful to cops' killing of Memphis man

LOS ANGELES (CNS)Demonstrators who gathered in downtown Los Angeles, West Long Angeles and Hollywood were largely peaceful as protests continued in respond to the beating death of a 29-year-old Black man by five Memphis police officers, although one person was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, authorities said. 

"A small group has gathered in Downtown Los Angeles. The flow of traffic has not been affected," the department tweeted at 11:23 a.m. Saturday.

"The Los Angeles Police Department remains committed to ensuring all can exercise their First Amendment Right."

The LAPD later tweeted at 12:15 p.m. that "another group" had gathered in the Hollywood area.

Shortly before 2 p.m., police said the group in downtown Los Angeles "peacefully exercised their First Amendment Right and dispersed shortly after. Continue to monitor for updates."

Saturday afternoon, about 200 demonstrators began walking westbound on Wilshire Boulevard from Sepulveda Boulevard in West LA Traffic in Hollywood was impacted about 8:30 p.m. Satur- day when a group of protesters marched from Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street to the area
of Cahuenga and Hollywood boulevards and back to Sunset and Vine.

A man arrested during the Hollywood demonstration was accused of breaking windows at a bank, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Frank Preciado said.

The Saturday demonstrations were peaceful, but that wasn't entirely the case Friday night, just hours after graphic video was released showing the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols on Jan. 7. The five Memphis police officerswho are also Blackhave since been fired and charged with murder.

Some in the crowd Friday surrounded parked police carsbanging on them and smacking windowsbut no arrests were made and most left after being warned by officers at the scene, authorities said.

The group had marched through downtown Los Angeles carrying Black Lives Matter banners and smartphones before gathering at First and Main streets shortly after 8 p.m. for a candlelight vigil for Nichols and also Keenan Anderson, who died in LAPD custody Jan. 3.

Protesters knocked down metal protective barriers and someone spray painted the word "kills" on the building under the words Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"Last night, a group of about 60 people gathered in front of the Los Angeles Police Headquarters Facility to hold a candlelight vigil. The vast majority conducted themselves in a civil manner," LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in a statement Saturday. "A small portion of this group, intent on disruption, later vandalized the building and two police vehicles. Fortunately, no police officers or demonstrators were injured. There were no arrests.

"I am proud of the leadership, professionalism and restraint shown by our people at this incident as [it] did not succumb to the continuous antagonistic and violent behavior of those from the larger otherwise peaceful group," Moore continued.

"I join our elected officials, community and faith leaders encouraging Angelinos to continue to demonstrate at events in a peaceful manner."

Similar demonstrations took place across the nation Friday night following the release of the video that was widely decried by citizens, elected officials and law enforcement.

The protests were set to continue Sunday (Jan. 29) with a rally by Black Live Matter LA at Lincoln and Venice boulevards to advocate for an end to traffic stops by police officers.


The intersection of Lincoln and Venice is where Anderson, a 31-year-old English teacher, was repeatedly tased by an officer following a traffic collision and later died after cardiac arrest.



Biden OKs Renaming of Post Office Branch for Fallen Marine Vet

COMPTON (CNS)President Joe Biden signed a bill Dec. 27 approving the renaming of a post office branch in Compton in honor of a local military herothe first Black Marine to receive the Medal of Honor.


Biden signed a bill that will rename the post office at 101 S. Willowbrook Ave. as the PFC James Anderson Jr. Post Office Building. 


Anderson, who attended Carver Elementary School in Willowbrook and Centennial High School in Compton, was serving with the Marines in Vietnam on Feb. 28, 1967.


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While on patrol, his platoon was ambushed and came under enemy fire, during which a grenade landed amid the troops. Anderson died pouncing on the grenade using his body to shield his fellow troops from the blast. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1968—the 
first Black Marine to earn that recognition.

"The bravery of this 21-year-old soldier was beyond every expectation, and his actions are rem- embered by family, friends, and fellow soldiers to this day," Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-San Pedro, who sponsored the legislation to rename the post office branch, said in a statement.

Homicide down in Compton; overall crimes up in 2022

COMPTON (MNS)—Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department year-end crime statistics for the Compton community reveal a 14.2 increase in overall crimes at 4,038, but a 42.8 decrease in homicides from 2021—down from 42 to 25.

In the most recent violence, a man who was stabbed to death here on Christmas was positively identified Dec. 27, and a family member was in custody for the crime. The victim was 20-year-old Compton resident Edgar Morales, according to the coroner's office.

Sheriff's deputies summoned to the 100 block of North Culver Avenue minutes after 10 p.m. Sunday found the victim, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau. Morales suffered stab wounds to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The suspect was a family member of the victim and was arrested, officials said. A motive was not released. Anyone with information was asked to call Homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.



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