People Turn Out With Violins on Sunset Boulevard to Protest Police Brutality

Screenshot from video of violinist performing at the vigil for Elijah McClain (YouTube video by Andrew Kimmel).

Protests against police violence against Black people have continued to take place in and around West Hollywood since June 14, when tens of thousands marched down Santa Monica Boulevard to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

The latest protests have been small. But one this evening on Sunset Boulevard in front of the Laugh Factory stood out for its music.

That event, organized by Black Women Lead and Justice for Elijah McClain, was to raise awareness of the death of McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died last summer after being put in a chokehold by a police officer in Aurora, Colo.

Billed as a “violin candlelight vigil,” it attracted more than one hundred people who sat on pavement in front of a platform where several violinists performed. Andrew Kimmel, a web and tv producer, captured the event live and shared it on his Twitter feed. @andrewkimmel

McClain was stopped by police officers on Aug. 24 when someone called 911 after seeing him walking home from a convenience store. The caller said that McClain, who was wearing a ski mask, “looked sketchy.” McClain died of a heart attack after being choked by police officers trying to handcuff him and being injected with ketamine, a sedative. The police officers were cleared of wrongdoing, but concerns were raised about the circumstances of McClain’s death after protests began over the killing of George Floyd.

McClain was a massage therapist who taught himself to play the violin, which was the inspiration for the violin performances.

Cars were parked across Sunset Boulevard at Crescent Heights to stop traffic from getting near those sitting on the street to participate in the vigil. That drew nearly 250 comments on the Citizen app, with most complaining about the vigil blocking traffic and objecting to continuing protests against police violence and some and some making overtly racist comments.

Protestors on the lawn at Plummer Park on Sunday.

There also was a protest against police brutality on Sunday on the lawn at Plummer Park facing Santa Monica Boulevard. More than 50 people, most of whom appeared to me in their 20s and early 30s, attended. It was peaceful, with no law enforcement officers present and those attending wearing face coverings.

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Vigilant
Vigilant
13 days ago

Please view the small poignant concert and message of Elijah McClain on Andrew Kimmel’s Twitter feed. It was extremely effective and gives folks a chance to quietly contemplate his words and our behavior.

Elijah McClain appeared to be a remarkable young man. We can all use more of these experiences and examples. Black Women Lead have just the right presence and showed the way.

Vigilant
Vigilant
14 days ago

For objective News Reporting please follow PBS who brings you:

DW BERLIN
NHK TOKYP
FRANCE 24
BBC
AMANPOUR & CO.
PBS NEWS HOUR

They have no reason to not be objective and you will receive a Macro/Micro picture.

The solutions are simple, the virus is complicated but don’t get caught up in lengthy explanations that are beyond one’s attention span.

Vigilant
Vigilant
14 days ago

Regardless of who or what agency is issuing directives our health and well being remain our individual and collective responsibility. Stop being a victim and stop attempting to locate victims.

Be fruitful any way possible. Learn a new skill, help others, be part of the solution.

WEAR A MASK
WASH HANDS
WATCH YOUR DISTANCE

NO ONE WILL SAVE US OTHER THAN OURSELVES

Joshua88
Joshua88
14 days ago

Fantastic!!!
Where’s the audio?

Surf man
Surf man
14 days ago

Glad it’s peaceful but if we continue to be misguided by Governor Newsom and close the beaches on hot weekends, then the protests and rise in virus will just continue as unemployed have nothing to do. At least Garcetti is now out of the decision making.

Last edited 14 days ago by Surf man
Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
14 days ago

These protests are misguided…as the facts don’t support their case.
Dealing with a handful of poorly trained police officers…..is hardly the most pressing issue of the day.

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