Thousands March in Peaceful West Hollywood Protest Against Police Brutality

Thousands of people have marched up and down West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard this afternoon to protest the death of George Floyd and other incidents of violence by law enforcement officers against black people.

The march began at noon on Santa Monica at the intersection with La Cienega Boulevard. The protestors then marched west and stopped at the intersection with San Vicente Boulevard to face the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. They then headed back east to La Brea Avenue at which point some of those marching left the procession and others headed into Hollywood.  Most of those participating in the march were young men and women, a majority of whom were white, accompanied by black and Asian friends. Among those participating in the march was City Councilmember John d’Amico.

The march was loud, with drivers honking their car horns in support of the protestors and marchers chanting “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” and “Prosecute Killer Cops” and “I Can’t Breathe.” However, it was peaceful, with no signs of the vandalism and break-ins that followed similar demonstrations in the Fairfax District and on Melrose Avenue and in other cities on the Westside.

Those demonstrations and others across the United States were sparked by the death in Minneapolis on May 25 of George Floyd. Floyd, an African American man, after an altercation with a police officer who kneeled on his neck while Floyd, who was handcuffed, screamed that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd had been arrested for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase at a deli. A video of the incident went viral and has sparked protests across the nation.

At one point, those marching on Santa Monica Boulevard today kneeled for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time the Minneapolis police officer had kept his knee on Floyd’s neck.

Jai Rodriguez, known his his role on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” explains why the LGBTQ communities come together to protest police violence against black people.

On Tuesday, Sheriff’s deputies stood in a line along the crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard at La Brea to block demonstrators from coming into West Hollywood. However today they were very accommodating to the demonstrators. After leaving the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente, the demonstrators stopped at the intersection with La Cienega and were confronted by deputies and police vehicles that formed a barrier to keep them from marching east on Santa Monica. A Sheriff’s deputy told WEHOville that deputies wanted the demonstrators to march north up La Cienega instead. But after a brief stand-off, the deputies opened the east bound lanes of Santa Monica and let the demonstrators march to La Brea.

There were no signs of aggression by the deputies, even as demonstrators denounced them and shouted insults like “all cops are bastards.” During demonstrations in the Fairfax district on Sunday, some Los Angeles Police Department officers were aggressive, shooting rubber bullets on the ground in front of demonstrators and hitting and shoving some of them to the ground.

Demonstrators kneeling for eight minutes and 46 seconds to commemorate the death of George Floyd
People rallying on the southeast corner of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards.
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1 month ago

This was a truly beautiful, moving event – everything a peaceful protest should be. For those complaining loudly about this coming to the city, you really missed out on an enlightening experience. I hope you can join next time.

Michael Grace
1 month ago

So the “pay for play” West Hollywood political hacks permitted this white folk protest today, but yesterday the city’s law enforcement stopped all black people at the border. This city is not the “creative city,” except for clever politician to get bucks out of hungry developers, but the center of white folk hypocrisy. I understand the famed actor’s grandson, James Duke Mason was one of the backers of today’s protest and it looked like he was joined by many other white trust fund babies who were demonstrating since the Abbey is closed.

1 month ago

There is a proposal by CSW to have a solidarity march on June 14th to show unity and support for our black residents.Some people on this web site are afraid the COVID virus will catch on and kill everybody. OK, I know there is a risk for doing the march,but than the group who put together the march 50 years ago also took the risk to start the first gay pride parade ever in Los Angeles.It was scary than and it is now for different reasons. Looking at the pictures on this article,I noticed many people are wearing masks.I think… Read more »

1 month ago
Reply to  hifi5000

To try and equate the first Pride Parade to this ill conceived event is utterly absurd. We are still dealing with a pandemic. Medical authorities are very concerned about the protests spreading more COVID-19, saying they won’t know for weeks if the protests have contributed to an increase in infections and deaths. If so, we’ll find ourselves back at almost Square One.

1 month ago
Reply to  Observer

I agree. These people are being irrational.

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