Protesters gathered outside of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s residence Thursday night, leaving graffiti and damage to the property just hours after the Democrat signed an ordinance restricting homeless encampments in the city.
Nearly 50 people gathered outside the mayor’s home in Hancock Park around 7:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Protests began peacefully but resulted in dozens of police personnel responding in riot gear to break up 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, according to a local CBS affiliate.
Ingram said the protest started “getting a little out of hand” around midnight, leading him to call in units for a dispersal order. more