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LAPD Arrests 183 Protestors In Downtown L.A.

Will Federman |
November 26, 2014 | 9:58 a.m. PST


183 people were arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department after a second night of protests, according to LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck. That number exceeds an earlier report by The Los Angeles Times, which claimed 130 protestors were detained by police.

SEE ALSO: Day Two Of Los Angeles Protests Focus On All Police Killings

Protestors have been marching throughout Los Angeles for two consecutive nights, after the announcement of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the death of Michael Brown. The unarmed black teenager’s death has fueled protests from coast to coast

Only three protestors were arrested on Monday night, after a dramatic confrontation between demonstrators and police on the 110 Freeway blocked traffic for miles. But tensions were significantly higher on Tuesday night and an aggressive crowd assembled in front of the LAPD headquarters on 1st and Main Street, hurling debris at police. 

One officer was injured after a protestor threw a frozen water bottle, according to the LAPD.

The demonstration began as a peaceful march in the early afternoon, starting at Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw Boulevard. But as the group picked up momentum and advanced downtown, protestors began opening parked car doors and vandalizing police vehicles once the crowd passed the 110 Freeway.

SEE ALSO: L.A. Reaction To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Protests are expected to continue across the country into the Thanksgiving holiday, with activists calling for a Black Friday boycott and urging people to protest with their pocketbooks.

UPDATE: 10:22 a.m. Headline and arrest figures revised following comments made by LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck at morning press conference.

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