Los Angeles police have begun arresting about a dozen people who blocked an intersection to protest Arizona's new immigration law. About 200 protesters gathered at a busy intersection west of downtown at about 10 this morning. Police in riot gear stood by for about 3 hours before declaring an unlawful assembly.
Police say most of the demonstrators left peacefully. But about a dozen, linked together with plastic pipes and chains, lay in the street in a circle as an act of civil disobedience. Officer Bruce Borihanh says police are cutting their chains and carrying them away to be booked for failure to disperse.
The same organizers staged a similar demonstration in May that resulted in several arrests.