Los Angeles Trayvon Martin Protests, Mostly Peaceful, Reach Hollywood (UPDATED)

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Anna Almendrala & Sasha Bronner (The Huffington Post) | July 14, 2013

Demonstrators protesting George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict in the slaying of Florida teen Trayvon Martin reportedly shut down part of a freeway in Los Angeles Sunday night.

According to CBS Los Angeles, about 200 protesters stood on the southbound 10 Freeway in Crenshaw to block traffic. Protesters told NBC LA that the police fired rubber bullets in order to disperse the crowd and ended up arresting at least one person on suspicion of throwing rocks and bottles at an officer.

Ruth Fowler, an LA-based author and HuffPost blogger, was among one of the protestors on the freeway. In an email to The Huffington Post, Fowler described the scene as peaceful and happy.

“We were supported by cars who beeped their support, as did the local community who waved, gave us water, shielded us from the police with their cars, and were in complete solidarity with us,” Fowler said.

The demonstration on the 10 freeway lasted from 6:20 p.m. to 6:44 p.m., officials told the Los Angeles Times, and the freeway has since reopened.

But when the Fowler continued on to Crenshaw Blvd. with the other protestors, things got violent. According to Fowler, police officers split the large march into smaller groups, and she was one of about 100 that headed down a side street. Despite the fact that they were peaceful and on the sidewalk, said Fowler, police still shot rubber bullets into the crowd.

“We stood there, about 100 of us, unarmed, peaceful, face to face with riot police, when the police suddenly started shooting,” wrote Fowler. “My friend dragged me out of the way and the girl in front of me — Liz — and her boyfriend Jeff were shot in the face by rubber bullets.” Fowler said in a tweet that she is 18 weeks pregnant, and that the rubber bullets narrowly missed her.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/14/trayvon-martin-los-angeles-protests_n_3596490.html

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