George Floyd protesters have closed the 101 freeway in San Jose and are returning to downtown LA
For a third day of protest in California against the murder of George Floyd, demonstrators closed the 101 Freeway in San Jose on Friday afternoon.
There were also new marches down the streets of downtown LA to the Staples Center and Hollywood. The Los Angeles Police Department said the protests were peaceful and no arrests had been made. Protesters sang “I can’t breathe” and “No justice, no peace”.
The murder of Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck earlier this week, sparked protests across the country, including two in downtown Los Angeles. On Wednesday evening, protesters briefly switched off the 101 at the LA Civic Center.
Hundreds of protesters marched at San Jose City Hall on Friday before running onto the 101 Freeway on Santa Clara Street. They briefly blocked freeway traffic before returning to downtown San Jose.
It is believed that one police officer was injured and knocked unconscious. Several people were arrested, according to local reports, although San Jose police have not yet responded to calls or emails from The Times.
San José Mayor Sam Liccardo said Friday he understands the anger but is calling for peaceful protests.
“Anger and peaceful protest will always be adequate responses to injustices. Violence will never be, “tweeted Liccardo on Friday afternoon. “San José agrees on the gruesome crime in Minneapolis and the terrible death of George Floyd.”
He added, “SJPD will take a measured approach to facilitating peaceful protest, but there will be no tolerance for violence against our people or harm to our city.”
The Marchers returned to downtown Los Angeles on Friday for a third day of demonstration. Around 5:50 p.m. 100 people went to the 7th and Olympia square, with the police present. Although there have been some minor skirmishes, no arrests have been reported.
Los Angeles Police Commissioner Michel Moore tweeted, “In response to recent demonstrations, we stand by our community and blame every instance of police brutality. Nobody despises a bad cop more than a good cop. “
He added, “However, as we continue to allow spontaneous and planned protests, violence or property damage has no place here in LA.”
Nine people were arrested on Thursday evening during a protest in Fontana.
The event, which began at around 6 p.m. on the 8400 Block on Sierra Avenue, initially involved around 50 protesters, but grew to around 100, police said in a press release.
Protesters blocked traffic and, according to investigators, threw stones at company windows and vehicles passing by. Some windows in the town hall of Fontana were damaged, the police said.
The police declared the protest an illegal gathering and ordered the protesters to disperse around 9 p.m. Some of the protesters refused and threw stones at officials, prompting them to seek help from other authorities, police said.
It took officers more than an hour to break into the crowd and nine people were arrested on suspicion of various crimes, police said. There was no immediate word about what charges they might face.
In Minneapolis, protesters threw bottles, trampled a perimeter fence, broke windows and overran a police station. Early on Friday, crowds repeatedly searched the station, burning cars and firing rifles in the air.
Floyd’s fatal encounter with the police began Monday night after he was accused of trying to use a fake $ 20 bill in a grocery store.
The cell phone video of his arrest outside the store shows police officer Derek Chauvin pulling his knee on the 46-year-old’s neck while Floyd pleads with him not to breathe. After a few minutes, Floyd appears to pass out and a bystander can be heard screaming that Floyd’s nose is bleeding. Even as a paramedic arrives to check Floyd’s pulse, Chauvin’s knee remains positioned on the man’s neck.
The murder was convicted by leaders of some of the largest police forces in the United States