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Police begin making arrests as Ferguson protests continue in LA

Protestors ask police to let them go.
Protestors ask police to let them go.
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Protestors ask police to let them go.
Deepa Fernandes/KPCC


Updated 6:04 p.m.: More arrests in LA as Ferguson protests continue

Los Angeles police began making arrests Friday as protests over the grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, entered a fifth day.

NBC4 video showed protesters lined up and surrounded by police.

Officers were detaining protesters in the Westlake District who were running into traffic despite warnings to stay on the sidewalk or be taken into custody, NBC4 reports:

A group of 50 to 100 protesters marched in the Westlake District where police blocked the intersection of Alvarado and Temple streets near the 101 Freeway as crowds chanted "Let us go."

"We are peaceful protesters who demand justice for our rights in the streets," one person shouted. "Over 300 people have been arrested ... What is going on?"

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said demonstrators were running into the street and blocking motorists, despite being told repeatedly to stay on the sidewalk.

5:38 p.m.: Ferguson protests continue, rights groups contest LAPD arrests

About 100 protesters marched in downtown Los Angeles Friday afternoon in another day of demonstrations responding to a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Manny Espinoza, a protester joined by his children downtown, said he came out Friday to support the movement.

"We’re tired of lives not being taken seriously. Nobody’s life is more important than another person’s — you know, basic human rights," Espinoza told KPCC.

As the evening settled in, police began to limit the protesters' movements. Espinoza said officers had forced them off the sidewalk and into the street at one point. Police also blocked forward progress at the intersection of Temple and Alvarado streets. After the group turned around, they were blocked again at Beverly Boulevard, where police said they were about to give an order to disperse.

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A smaller group had gathered on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, according to City News Service.

Meanwhile, people arrested in L.A. during earlier demonstrations are challenging the legality of their arrests, saying they were never warned to disperse before officers swooped in, according to the Associated Press.

At a press conference Friday, one woman said she was arrested even though she'd only left her downtown apartment to watch a protest. Leigh Wiley said she told an officer she lived in the area but he claimed she was lying, AP reports.

Erin Darling of National Lawyers Guild told AP his organization is concerned about the way police arrested people en masse.

However, Smith said the dispersal order was clear and those arrested failed to comply, AP reports.

Los Angeles spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith reported that between Monday and Wednesday, police made 371 arrests, including 178 on Wednesday, according to CNS.

This story has been updated.