LOS ANGELES—On Saturday, July 25, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a citywide tactical alert due to a Black Lives Matter protest that became violent. A tactical alert will allows the LAPD to have more officers and resources on hand.
In a press release, the LAPD reported individuals from a very large crowd of protestors physically attacking police officers, vandalizing property and walking onto a busy freeway.
The LAPD reported four officers and three protestors being treated for minor injuries. Four individuals were arrested, three were charged with battery of a police officer, one was in possession of a machete and was charged with causing a disturbance.
“The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to making certain that Angelenos can exercise their First Amendment rights peacefully, and we cannot allow violence and destruction of property to put anyone’s safety at risk—whether they be officers, demonstrators, or bystanders,” said LAPD Chief Michael Moore.
According to reports, the frequency and violence occurring in peaceful protests in Los Angeles are following a pattern of unrest transpiring in other cities nationwide.
The following video is graphic, of protests that transpired last week: https://www.facebook.com/richard.hamann.75/videos/4555459104471634