LAPD officer injured amid downtown abortion rights protest
The day ended in sporadic skirmishes, with some people throwing rocks at officers, LAPD said
By Quinn Wilson
Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police issued a city-wide tactical alert in response to a large protest in Downtown Los Angeles where an officer was injured Tuesday evening, May 3, authorities said. The alert was later canceled.
The protest took place in the Pershing Square area in response to a leaked draft that suggested the Supreme Court may be overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Organizers called for a mass protest to take place downtown.
A group of about 250 protesters marched from Broadway and First Street, near Los Angeles City Hall to Pershing Square area just after 8 p.m., according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.
Around 9 p.m., a segment of protesters occupied an intersection and police attempted to disperse them, Moore said. The group then began throwing rocks and bottles at the LAPD officers, and one officer was injured, according to Moore.
Receiving update on protest @ Pershing Square. A segment of the group began to take the intersection. We attempted to communicate, clear and provide dispersal order to the group. Crowd began to throw rocks and bottles at ofcrs . We have one ofcr injured( Unk extent). https://t.co/nYMbwTUsxj— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) May 4, 2022
#BREAKING: Abortion rights protesters clash with police downtown as a day of peaceful protests ends in sporadic skirmishes. Now the LAPD is on citywide tactical alert as one officer is injured @ABC7Leanne is live with new details. Tonight at 11 from ABC7. https://t.co/fM8gdj56MK pic.twitter.com/JRWPExCnxw— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 4, 2022
It wasn't immediately clear what the extent of the officer's injuries were, Moore said.
Video from independent news service RMG News showed a smashed out window on an LAPD cruiser as well as protesters toppling barriers and tagging graffiti outside of the U.S. Courthouse at 350 W. 1st St.
A tactical alert is utilized to ensure resources are available for other calls for service while many resources are dedicated to a particular incident. The alert was deactivated before 11 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said.
Officers were attempting to get the group to disperse from the area as of about 9:20 p.m. The LAPD asked that people avoid the Pershing Square area for the next couple of hours.
Interviewed Captain Ruiz, the incident commander for tonight. Saying one officer sustained a head injury. Saying that officers “protected their first amendment right to protest,” and blames “agitators” for the vandalism.— Sean Beckner-Carmitchel (@ACatWithNews) May 4, 2022
Only around 20 pro-choice protesters are left, and LAPD officially declares an unlawful assembly. 9:20 P.M. pic.twitter.com/ufwlZ5y1CB— Vishal P. Singh (they/he) 🏳️⚧️ (@VPS_Reports) May 4, 2022
City News Service contributed to this story.
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