Protesters Take to the Streets of Downtown L.A., Decrying Fatal Use of Force by Police

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Decrying recent instances of fatal use of force by police across the U.S., at least 14 protesters were taken into custody in downtown L.A. on Tuesday after blocking light-rail tracks at an intersection.

News video showed demonstrators, some carrying signs and banners, lying down on light-rail tracks at the intersection of South Main Street and East Washington Boulevard (map).

Officers and deputies at the scene gave an order to disperse shortly after 5 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Protesters who sat down in the intersection and refused to move were then handcuffed and escorted away without incident.

Thirteen adults and one juvenile were arrested for failing to disperse, according to Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department.

A Metro Blue Line train was stopped at the location and was unable to proceed due to the demonstration. Passengers remained onboard for more than two hours as the protest unfolded. Some were later escorted off the train by authorities.


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