*As EUR and other news outlets have reported, the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has set off a wave of peaceful protests across the country including Los Angeles.
However, some aren’t heeding the message to keep calm and not do anything stupid. Don’t give the Turd, er, Ted Nugents of the world exactly what they want … ammunition to say, “see we told you they’re nothing but violent thugs, etc.”
That’s the situation in LA. It’s not even remotely out of hand, but a handful of people are obviously agitated and little edgy, to say the least.
Our associate, Mohammed Mubarak was out in the action Monday night and filed the report below:
In the wake of the not guilty verdict handed down to George Zimmerman for the killing of Travon Martin in Sanford, Florida there have been nationwide protests erupting from coast to coast.
For two days straight in Los Angeles people have taken to the streets with rage, and in some cases with violence. On Monday night a prayer vigil was held in Leimert Park in the Crenshaw district of the city.
In what started off as a peaceful gathering, ended with clashes with the members of the Los Angeles Police Department as hundreds of people marched down Crenshaw Blvd.
In one particular case there was a large group of youths who broke away from the prayer vigil and began to vandalized some store front businesses, and automobiles.
At which time police chief Charlie Beck declared a citywide tactical alert as hundreds of officers spread throughout the area in riot gear with assistance of L.A. County Sheriff deputies.
Traffic on Crenshaw blvd. was disrupted and the large group became extremely loud, boisterous, and confrontational with the police. At one point a demonstrator attempted to throw a metal barricade at the police but was discouraged by several members within the group who were peacekeepers.
When order was finally restored after several hours, there were thirteen arrests made by the police.
In the aftermath of all this, newly elected mayor Eric Garcetti led a press conference with L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks, Police Commissioner John Mack, and Police Chief Charlie Beck to announce that any peaceful demonstration will be allowed but destruction of public property and unruly behavior will be dealt with swiftly by the police.
Demonstrations were held in major cities throughout the country as this case has struck a cord with many African Americans who feel that there was no justice in the verdict that was handed down.
And all this comes at time ironically when a new motion picture has just been released that tells the story of Oscar Grant. A young man who was murdered in Oakland, Calif., on New Years 2009 by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. The movie is titled “Fruitvale Station” staring Michael B. Jordan, and Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer.
It is the opinion of many African Americans that our lives aren’t worth a piece of toilet paper to those who don’t look like us.
And even though we have an African American president, and Attorney General in this country, race still is and will always be an issue that needs to be resolved.
It is this writer’s opinion that we really need examine ourselves at the same time in an effort to come to a solution and diagnosis to the killings and destruction that we’re doing to each other.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak, a portrait artist as well, can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.