A Protester Was Struck By SUV at Breonna Taylor Demonstration In Hollywood
A protester in Hollywood was struck Thursday night by an SUV speeding by a crowd of marchers on the second night of protests related to the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers.
Shortly before 9 p.m., a black SUV sped by the crowd, striking a protester before speeding away again. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and took one person to a hospital, according to the LAFD’s Nicholas Prange.
The protest began at 7 p.m. and by 7:30 p.m., at least 200 people were sitting and standing in the grass outside the entrance to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., in Hollywood.
Vehicles could be heard driving by the protest honking in support, and a series of speakers addressed the crowd.
Demonstrators chanted “Black lives they matter here” and vehicles could be heard driving by the protest honking in support, as a series of speakers addressed the crowd.
After the rally, demonstrators marched through Hollywood accompanied by multiple vehicles, some with signs that said “Defund. Abolish.” and “Defund police, invest in community.”
The first night of protests and began around 6 p.m. Wednesday near Union Station with a march along downtown streets before returning to Union Station around 11 p.m.
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Video posted to social media showed a protestor using an object to vandalize government property and someone in the crowd later pinned the vandal to the ground, stopping the attempted destruction.
NBC4 reporter Robert Kovacik posted video on Twitter showing vandalism to a sign for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium. A line was spray painted across a portion of the lettering and large black Xs were painted over the word “police.”
Protesters left the area around midnight.
Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical worker, was fatally shot in her apartment early on March 13 by officers executing a search warrant, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detectives Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove were advised by superiors to knock and announce their presence in serving this specific search warrant, Cameron said.
Evidence from the Special Prosecution Unit’s investigation shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment.
The officers’ statements about their announcement are corroborated by an independent witness who was near in proximity to Taylor’s apartment, Cameron said.