*A town hall meeting to discuss economic opportunity and community safety was interrupted as Black Lives Matter activists made their presence known by rushing the podium at the event.
KNBC-TV reports that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was on hand for the town hall meeting, but ended up being escorted out of the Holman United Methodist Church, the location of the event. As Garcetti attempted to leave the meeting in his car, the Black Lives Matter activists surrounded his car and continued to chant.
“If you are interested in having a civil conversation, we are going to ask you to remain here; if not, I am going to ask you to leave,” Holman United pastor, the Rev. Kelvin Sauls told the activists inside the meeting.
As Garcetti was leaving, KNBC-TV noted that one protester went so far as to climb onto the hood of his car.
“The Black community has something to say to the mayor we want him to hear, as well as us engaging in his responses,” Black Lives Matter organizer Malina Abdullah told the station.
“Tonight, we had hundreds of South LA residents attend a community meeting — leaders, business owners, mothers and children, who took time out of their evening to discuss the critical issues that matter most to all of us,” Garcetti said in a statement. “I am disappointed that our conversation was cut short when there is so much work for us to do together to make our neighborhoods stronger and safer. I believe in our City and my commitment to our shared concerns continues, stronger than ever.”