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Jacob Blake Protests Skirmishes, Arrests In LA – Los Angeles Instances

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During a protest in downtown Los Angeles late Wednesday night, multiple brawls broke out and 10 people were arrested. This was the latest in a series of nationwide demonstrations after police shot and killed Jacob Blake, a black man, in Wisconsin.

The crowd, which originally consisted of 300 people, took to the streets and marched through the city center all evening.

At around 11 p.m., some in the crowd started spraying graffiti on the glass doors of the US Bank Tower on West 5th Street.

A protester is followed by an LAPD officer while police meet protesters in the 3rd Street tunnel.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

From there, protesters marched into the tunnel on 3rd Street, where they were caught up by Los Angeles police officers who set up skirmish lines at either end of the underpass.

The situation then took a violent turn and brawls broke out between some officers and demonstrators.

The video from KABC-TV showed a demonstrator brandishing a makeshift sign with an officer and others throwing objects at the police. Some officials appeared to be pounding protesters and firing less lethal ammunition.

“They had already destroyed property. They refused to obey a lawful dispersal order. They have been observed to be in possession of prohibited weapons ”- including brass knuckles and baseball bats, LAPD deputy chief Horace Frank said Thursday.

Protesters march through the 3rd Street Tunnel

Protesters march through the 3rd Street Tunnel in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

According to the authorities, ten people were arrested on charges of vandalism, a police officer's battery and an unlawful attempt to remove a person from police custody.

LAPD officer Mike Chance said Thursday morning that the department is still examining how many protesters or officers may have been injured and the level of vandalism.

Wednesday's protest was among many nationwide in response to the shooting of 29-year-old Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the deaths of two people killed in protests there this week. The cell phone video shows Blake being shot while leaning into his car with his children. Blake is admitted to the hospital in severe condition and is paralyzed.

A comrade helps an injured protester in a confrontation with LAPD officials in the 3rd Street tunnel.

A comrade helps an injured protester in a confrontation with LAPD officials in the 3rd Street tunnel.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Kenosha police officers said officers responded to a call about a domestic argument and did not immediately say why they shot Blake. Kenosha County Dist. Atty. Michael Graveley is investigating the shooting with the Judicial Department of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

The shooting sparked outrage and demonstrations across the country.

Liliana Ruiz roller skates in front of LAPD officers in the 3rd Street Tunnel.

Liliana Ruiz roller skates in front of LAPD officers in the 3rd Street Tunnel.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Between 600 and 700 people took part in the protests in Oakland, which authorities labeled as destructive and violent, on Wednesday.

At one point, some in the crowd lit a fire in the Alameda County Superior Courthouse – one of several flames that went off all night, according to Oakland Police. Several companies were reportedly destroyed and several people were arrested.

Hundreds of people have demonstrated in Kenosha every night this week, resisting the city's curfew and clashing with law enforcement agencies. Police on Wednesday arrested a teenager who was fatally shot at two people during the protests. Several Kenosha County regulators asked the Democratic governor of Wisconsin on Wednesday to send 1,250 additional National Guard members to the city to bolster the 250 already patrolling members.

A protester speaks to the crowd during a protest in downtown LA before entering the 3rd Street tunnel.

A protester speaks to the crowd during a protest in downtown LA before entering the 3rd Street tunnel.

(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of protesters marched past LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to denounce Blake's shooting. The protesters once moved a metal barricade that had been erected on the edge of the building, a video of the scene showed. Police declared the protest to be an illegal gathering at around 11:20 p.m. There were also reports of police officers firing projectiles into the crowd.
NBA players refused to go to court for their scheduled playoff games on Wednesday after players and coaches in the league made passionate statements about the relationship between blacks and police in the US for days.

Teams in other sports, including the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, followed suit.

Hundreds of people gather to demonstrate in support of Senate Act 107, which is designed to disappoint police departments in downtown Los Angeles.

Hundreds of people gather to demonstrate in support of Senate Act 107, which is designed to disappoint police departments in downtown Los Angeles.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

During a Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and Build Build meeting in downtown LA, people take one knee to touch the ground.

During a Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and Build Build meeting in downtown LA, people take one knee to touch the ground.

(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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