Lootings, muggings in Hollywood following Zimmerman acquittal

Primrose Villena of AF3IRM Los Angeles with her son Niko who spent his first birthday rallying for Trayvon Martin. Photo:  AF3IRM Los Angeles

Primrose Villena of AF3IRM Los Angeles with her son Niko who spent his first birthday rallying for Trayvon Martin. Photo: AF3IRM Los Angeles

The jury verdict of “not guilty” reached on the George Zimmerman trial on July 13 caused several peaceful protests to turn violent across Los Angeles.

In Hollywood, a group of about 40 youths took opportunity Tuesday night July 16 to loot retail stores, destroy vehicles or combat the police. LAPD spokesman told KTLA TV that the youngsters who appeared to be under 18 years old made no political statements but took advantage of the chaos-related protests to rob people on the streets and cause disturbance.

At least 14 people were taken into custody and many more remained at large after committing a string of robberies, assaults and acts of vandalism along Hollywood Boulevard and Highland, according to the Los Angeles police.

“The kids surrounded me while I was walking in Hollywood, took my cell phone and punched me in the face,” said a visiting man during his interview with KTLA. The tourist said the group who appeared to know each other, all of a sudden bolted from nowhere at approximately 9:30 p.m. and started grabbing women’s purses, cell phones and attacking anyone in their way. Surveillance cameras posed on the streets will help police identify their suspects.

Hollywood and Highland is a famous landmark featuring the Kodak Theater, location of Oscar Awards Night and the historical Chinese theater, among the city’s attractions. LAPD commander Dennis Kato said police were inundated with phone calls beginning about 9 p.m., reporting that packs of young people were roaming along Hollywood and attacking people. Public information officer Rosario Herrera said at least one of the attacks was near Hollywood and Highland.

The robbers knocked down tourists and grabbed their phones, Kato said. In at least one incident, they hauled off a cash register from a business. There were no reports of weapons involved in the attacks.

More than 110 officers were brought in from other LAPD divisions to track down the robbers, Kato said, pitting police against the attackers in a massive cat-and-mouse game around Hollywood. Dozens of officers awaited orders at Wilton Place and Monroe Street.

In Beverly Hills, the Police Department is urging drivers coming into, or heading out of Beverly Hills Wednesday evening to avoid certain areas of the southern part of the City if possible.

A large-scale protest related to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin murder trial was planned to begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening at La Cienega Park.

In Boyle Heights, members of the Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism (AF3IRM) led an all-women dialogue at the Not1More Justice for Trayvon Rally. Women from different backgrounds came together to talk about why it was important to organize and to speak out for justice for their communities, for their children, and for themselves, the group said in a statement. AF3IRM Los Angeles was at a rally in front of L.A. City Hall the next day.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County employees received an email blast from the Sheriff’s Department (LASD) about several planned demonstrations scheduled during the week in response to the Zimmerman trial verdict. Demonstrations are scheduled in the Los Angeles City Hall area and Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood.

Motorists are advised to consider alternate routes around these areas and to plan ahead to avoid traffic congestion and delays in getting to their destination.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer at a Sanford, Florida gated community, shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the night of February 26, 2012 claiming self-defense. Martin is a 17-year-old African American high school student visiting the neighborhood where his father lives. A jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges.



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  1. […] Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer at a Sanford, Florida gated community, shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the night of February 26, 2012 claiming self-defense. Martin is a 17-year-old African American high school student visiting the neighborhood where his father lives. A jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges. – The FilAm Los Angeles […]

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