Los Angeles TV Crew Attacked in Riot Following George Zimmerman Verdict

Jul 16, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A TV crew was attacked in Los Angeles as rioting was sparked by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was tried for killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The news crew was from KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV.

During an 11 p.m. news conference on Monday, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said 13 people had been arrested in connection with the rioting.

The news crew was attacked at the corner of 43rd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles, the story notes.

The Los Angeles Times later reported: "KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV reporter Dave Bryan and his cameraman were among those who came under assault. One of the two journalists was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman told The Times."

KCBS/KCAL had reported that demonstrators were running, biking and skateboarding in the center of the street, while others were kicking in windows, knocking over garbage cans and getting on top of cars.

The police department announced an unlawful assembly at about 10 p.m., giving protesters a chance to leave or else get arrested.

The L.A. Times report adds: "Protesters also stormed a Walmart in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, pushing their way through as guards scrambled to close security gates. A short while later, LAPD officers wearing helmets and carrying batons swarmed the store as others marched through the parking lot."

About 350 LAPD officers responded to the area, according to reports. The Times report cites witnesses at Walmart saying young people stormed into the store and threw merchandise on the ground while some tried to break into the glass jewelry displays.

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