*On Saturday in Los Angeles, hundreds of regular folks as well as celebrities including actor/activist Tyrese Gibson and his young daughter, marched peacefully down Hollywood Boulevard to protest the killing of unarmed African American men by police. It’s the latest in a series of demonstrations across the US in recent weeks.
The march, called “Blackout Hollywood,” began around noon at Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue and continued west along Hollywood Boulevard to the TCL Chinese Theater. Ironically, the protest ended near the Hollywood intersection where LAPD shot and killed a man they said was armed with a pocket knife the night before (read about that incident at LA Times).
Demonstrators dressed in black clothing while others held both hands in the air and lied down on the pavement in protest. Some held signs and chanted refrains such as “black lives matter,” “hands up, don’t shoot” and other slogans that have become widespread in protests against recent cases in Staten Island, N.Y.; Ferguson, Mo.; and Los Angeles, reports the Times.
“We blacked out Hollywood for a couple of hours to bring awareness to the issues that are going on in America right now: police brutality, the lack of justice for Eric Garner, Michael Brown and the failure of our judicial system,” said Darnell Appling, 27, of North Hollywood, a television actor who organized the march, which was planned via social media.
About 70 officers were present to monitor demonstrators and facilitate the movement of the crowd, but they made no arrests, said Lt. Michael Ling of LAPD’s Hollywood division.
Joseph Murphy, 50, came out to voice his frustration over recent shootings by police and the grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York.
“Like most people I was here because I’ve been disturbed by all of these shootings,” he said. “We were here to show ourselves, to be counted, to say, yes, I’m here and I want to be heard.”
See more (celeb) photos from the event at TheYBF.