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11 arrested at LA protest marking Breonna Taylor’s death

March 14, 2021 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eleven people were arrested and three Los Angeles police officers were injured after a march to mark the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death turned violent.

The rally began peacefully Saturday evening with as many as 200 people gathering near the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was one of dozens of rallies held across the country to call for justice for the Black woman killed by Louisville, Kentucky police officers during a raid at her apartment.

Video from the scene showed two protesters pounding on the hood of an occupied police car and the driver accelerated, sending them to the ground. Other videos showed broken storefront windows and officers in riot gear being struck with what appeared to be a microwave or air conditioner.

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Police Chief Michel Moore said smoke grenades and other projectiles were thrown at officers and nine businesses in the area were vandalized.

“No justification/excuse for this violence,” the chief tweeted on Sunday, adding that the officers did not suffer serious injuries.

Officer William Cooper, an LAPD spokesman, said five people were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, three on suspicion of possessing a prohibited item, two on suspicion of unlawful assembly and one on suspicion of battery on a police officer.

Additional details about the circumstances surrounding the arrests weren’t available Sunday.