A protester was thrown from the hood of a police cruiser in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night as a Black Lives Matter demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd turned violent.
About 1,000 protesters descended on LA following the death of the 46-year-old father-of-two died in Minneapolis Monday, moments after a white cop knelt on his neck for eight minutes until he passed out.
As protests entered their second day in Minnesota, tensions began building between law enforcement and African-American communities across America, with demonstrators calling for the four officers involved in Floyd’s death to be charged with murder.
The first break-off protest sprung up in downtown LA Wednesday afternoon and quickly escalated into violence, with one man injured in the rally when he fell off the hood of the car.
Things turned ugly when a protester was seen falling from the hood of a moving police cruiser on the 101 Freeway.
Shocking aerial footage showed several protesters surround and smash the back windows of the California Highway Patrol cruiser before one man clambered on top of the hood.
The police officer tried to take off and the man rode on the hood for a few moments before he was sent tumbling off the car into the road.
A second police cruiser that attempted to arrive at the scene was also attacked, had its windows smashed and was seen fleeing the scene.
Emergency services rushed to the scene as the man was pictured lying motionless on the ground momentarily.
He was taken away from the scene in an ambulance.
The march rally began near the Hall of Justice at around 4p.m. local time before protesters marched through the streets toward the area of Temple.
People carried signs reading ‘Black Lives Matter’.
The group then made their way onto the 101 Freeway near downtown where they blocked cars along the road.
The freeway was forced to shutter.
By around 6:25 p.m. local time, the crowd begun moving off the freeway and continued moving through downtown LA streets, reported NBC Los Angeles.
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Source: Daily Mail