Three people were arrested after the “Urban Light” exhibit at LACMA was damaged and doused with a red liquid during a protest over abortion rights on Thursday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The protest began around noon, when about 25 protesters supporting a group called Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights gathered at Wilshire Boulevard and Ogden Street, the LAPD said in a news release.
“During the protest, two female protesters chained themselves to the light pole of an art exhibit, damaging the exhibit itself. One male protester threw an unknown red liquid substance on the art exhibit and surrounding area,” the release added.
The protesters “refused to leave,” and after two dispersal orders were ignored between 3:25 p.m. and 4 p.m., officers arrested the two women and one man for felony vandalism, police said.
“At 4:30 p.m., the area was cleared of all protesters without incident,” the release added.
On Friday, police identified those arrested as 22-year-old Sean David Gorman of Upland, 20-year-old Leilah Bourn of Los Angeles and 29-year-old Victoria Eggers of Westminster. All three are being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, police said.
The three were released on bond on Friday, and they are due to appear in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Aug. 26.
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