Protesters showed up at the home of Los Angeles Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday night hours after he signed a new anti-camping law that prohibits people from pitching tents near homeless shelters, daycare centers, schools, under- and overpasses, freeways, libraries, and parks.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the action started peacefully at about 7:30 p.m. with about 50 demonstrators. Hours later, officers in riot gear were reportedly deployed to disperse the crowd.
“No one was in danger. Our role last night was to facilitate a peaceful protest and make sure that everyone’s First Amendment rights were protected,” said LAPD Lt. Rex Ingram, per CBSLA. “Unfortunately around midnight, they were a little bit loud and boisterous, and were getting a little out of hand, and that’s why we decided to give them a dispersal order.”
Police made no arrests and said there were no confrontations.
According to CBSLA, “some damage was left to the property, including vulgar graffiti on the outer pillars that were covered up with paper to be cleaned up later Friday morning.” Lt. Ingram told the outlet there was also “a bunch of toilet paper on the trees” and that a felony vandalism investigation was underway.
Damage also included broken windows, a report broadcast on KFI radio said.
LAPD officers now fully away, outside of the helicopter above and unmarked vehicle inside the lot. pic.twitter.com/qu12JPdRIL— Sean Carmitchel (@ACatWithNews) July 30, 2021