Protesters with Black Lives Matter shut down 405 Freeway in Inglewood

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter demonstrators shut down the 405 Freeway in Inglewood on Sunday, July 11, 2016.


Hundreds of Black Lives Matter demonstrators poured into the streets of Inglewood late Sunday night, shutting down a major intersection and briefly blocking traffic on the 405 Freeway.

Authorities said there were no arrests and no reports of violence.

“There has been no reason for interference by us,” Inglewood Police Lt. Gregory Held said. “It’s all been peaceful.”

Around 10:30 p.m., dozens of protesters spilled onto the lanes of the 405, forming a line that halted traffic in both directions for about 10 minutes.


The crowd then moved up a La Cienega Boulevard ramp to rejoin the larger demonstration at Manchester Boulevard.

The protesters stopped at the intersection of Manchester and La Cienega, assembling in the form of a peace symbol and chanting, “black lives, we matter, yeah” and “racist cops have got to go.”

They remained in the intersection known for the landmark Randy’s Donuts, snarling traffic for more than an hour.

The demonstration was one of several across the country this weekend that focused on the fatal police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Gatherings also paid tribute to the five Dallas police officers shot to death Thursday in an ambush. The gunman, Micah Johnson, said he wanted to kill white people and particularly police officers, according to Dallas authorities.

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