Protesters Block Hollywood Intersection, Burn Flag; 4 Arrested

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A demonstrator burns an American Flag during a protest against police brutality at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Saturday. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Protesters blocked a tourist-filled Hollywood intersection Saturday afternoon and burned an American flag as part of nationwide marches protesting recent police killings of unarmed black men.

Four activists who were part of the crowd, three female and one male, were arrested for failing to disperse, said Sgt. Chuck Slater of the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers declared the crowd an unlawful assembly about 4:15 p.m. and ordered demonstrators to disperse.

The arrests came after dozens of protesters staged a “die-in” at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, lying down in the street for a few minutes. Police with helmets and batons forced the crowd out of the street.

Protesters also set fire to a flag in the middle of the intersection; officers stomped out the blaze.

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