Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Violence in the aftermath of George Zimmerman trial

A CBS Los Angeles news affiliate photographer and reporter were assaulted Monday night while covering a George Zimmerman protest in Crenshaw, CBS Los Angeles reported on Tuesday:
Reporter Dave Bryan was conducting an interview around 10 p.m. when the suspect tackled him and his photographer.

“All of the sudden, this guy came up from behind, he had a hood, and he knocked David on the head and he pushed the camera guy down. The camera guy went down, the camera went down, David went down,” witness Joseph Deguerre, said. “I was in shock.”

The suspect then fled the scene and the crew was treated for minor injuries...

“To attack a news reporter when he’s getting an interview? That’s just crazy,” Deguerre, 43, said.
The LA times reported on Monday that demonstrators, protesting George Zimmerman's acquittal, marched along Crenshaw Boulevard on Monday night, stomping on cars, chasing bystanders and storming a Wal-Mart...
Los Angeles Police Department officers wearing helmets and carrying batons swarmed the store as others marched through the parking lot.

Police estimated that 80 to 150 people were engaged in lawless activity along Crenshaw as they jumped on top of vehicles and appeared to assault bystanders...

One man held up a shirt that showed Zimmerman with the words "Wanted Dead or Alive" with the last word crossed out.
Additionally, the LA Times reported:
A wave of violence swept through Oakland on Monday night as demonstrators... shattered windows, lit fires and threw fireworks, bottles and rocks at police.

A waiter was struck in the head by a hammer while trying to keep the windows protected at the Flora Restaurant and Bar, which had been smashed over the weekend during similar protests.

The waiter was seen bleeding and was sent by paramedics to a hospital...

"Protesters with black masks approached the window and tried to bang at it," bartender Phillip Ricafort told the Oakland Tribune. "[The waiter] said, 'Don't do that!' and the guy turned around and smacked him in the face with a hammer" or another metal object.

Garbage was set on fire and fireworks were thrown at police officers, officials said, while graffiti was scrawled across buildings -- one message said "REVOLT," -- and some protesters burned U.S. flags. Windows were shattered at a Men's Wearhouse, a Comerica bank branch, and Youth Radio, according to police and media reports. A KPIX reporter said vandals broke into the CBS affiliate's television truck.
LA violence:

The video below shows the violent protests more vividly:

Reporter, photographer attacked during violent Protests:

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