Crenshaw District, CA: A strong call for respectful and peaceful protesting.
A strong call for respectful and peaceful protesting by community and civil rights leaders after a group of people ruined what was to have been a 6:00pm PT prayer, vigil, and peaceful protecting Monday night in Crenshaw District, California.
“We were disturbed at what we saw last night,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson with Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable during a Tuesday morning news conference.
What was suppose to have been a night of prayer and vigil for Trayvon Martin and peaceful protesting over the acquittal of George Zimmerman by large group of people from the community, suddenly was interruptrd and ruin when a much smaller group of people who decided to break away from the larger and praceful group of people and began on a path of disrespect and destruction by destroying property, stealing property, and attacking innocent people of the community.
This group of people raided a Walmart store, kicked law enforcement vehicles, attacked passing vehicles on the street, broke windows of businesses and vehicles, and attacking innocent people from the community including a cameraman and reporter for a television station.
KCAL Channel 9 Reporter Dave Bryan and his cameraman were conducting an interviewing with 43 year old Joseph Degurre at around 10:00pm PT Monday night when the suspect tackled the reporter and cameraman.
According to Joseph Deguerre, “All of the sudden, this guy came up from behind, he had a hood, and he knocked David on the head and he pushed the camera guy down. The camera guy went down, the camera went down, David went down.”
Joseph Deguerre was in shock saying, “To attack a news reporter when he’s getting an interview? That’s just crazy.”
The disrespectful suspect fled the scene and the both the reporter and cameraman was treated for minor injuries.
According to Los Angeles Police Department, the attack is under investigation and 14 people were arrested during Tuesday night protest which includes 7 adults and 6 juveniles suspected of failing to disperse, and a person suspected of inciting a riot.
This attack on both the reporter and cameraman, local businesses, and innocent people of the community, takes away from the cause and show disrespect to Trayvon Martin’s Family.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson with Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable said enough is enough.
“Don’t use violence. Don’t use destruction. Don’t use his name, don’t use his memory for violence,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson with Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson and the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association went store to store around the Crenshaw District, California area Tuesday morning passing out flyers asking for peace and recruiting business owners, citizens, and community leaders to become, “Trayvon Martin Peace Monitors” to help control the crowd during upcoming protests and marches.
Activists like Eddie Jones and others in the community are urging residents to protest responsibly.
“We’re standing our ground for peace in our community. We don’t want you to tear up our Walmarts and our stores… our babies need milk and food,” said Eddie Jones.
Civil rights activists and leaders, church leaders, and Trayvon Martin’s Family had asked supporters of Trayvon Martin to protest peacefully and without violences which many of these protests have peacefully protested without violence following a jury in Sanford, Florida ruled George Zimmerman “Not Guilty” late Saturday night in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.
A news conference was held late Monday night after protesters began to disperse and went home.
“The Martin family didn’t ask anybody to break car windows. They didn’t ask anybody to take little kids’ scooters. They didn’t ask anybody to attack businesses, and they certainly didn’t say to take over traffic in the streets,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“Parents, don’t send your children to protest in and around Crenshaw. Please obey the law. We want this to be a safe event. We want people to get their point across, but we want to keep everybody safe,” said Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck vowed that the Los Angeles Police Department would be tougher on anyone causing trouble during any future protest or march over the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
Civil right leaders, religion groups, church leaders, community leaders, law enforcement, and citizens of the community as well as supports of Trayvon Martin hope that everybody obey the the wishes of Trayvon Martin’s Family and protest both peacefully and respectfully.