After an officer from Los Angeles Police Department was hurt while trying to control protestors near Pershing Square, a tactical alert was issued for the entire city.
According to LAPD Chief Michel Moore, officers were on the scene with 250 people protesting abortion rights. They were walking from Broadway to First Street, near Los Angeles City Hall and Pershing Square at just after 8:15 PM.
Moore reported that protestors moved into the intersection when they reached Pershing Square. This prompted officers to order a dispersal. Moore also stated that one officer was seriously injured by the group.
A medical ambulance was dispatched, but it was not possible to confirm the condition of the officer.
Demonstrators marched through downtown after a brief pause at Pershing Square. Video from the scene captured occasional clashes between law enforcement officials and protestors throughout the hour-long demonstration.
One Department of Homeland Security vehicle’s back window was smashed.
Capt. LAPD LAPD Capt.
Ruiz said that the injured officer was struck in the head by an angry group, but that he is doing well.
After the US Supreme Court confirmed authenticity of a draft opinion, which indicated that legal abortion would soon be outlawed, advocates for abortion rights first met at LA’s Federal Courthouse.
“This is deeply personal to me, having made that decision in my life out of the necessity for my mental physical well being,”Sarah Ponder, a former abortionist, supports this option for others. “I know that every single person in the USA deserves to make that exact same choice.”
Susan Arnall of the Right To Life League said that the potential ruling was what her group had been seeking for many decades. She is hopeful that the Supreme Court will leak the draft and send it back to the states for a more balanced approach.
“And that’s the balance we should be striking,”Arnall added. “Helping mother and helping babies at the same time, no reason why we have to hurt a mother to save a baby.”
National protests erupted after Politico obtained a draft Supreme Court opinion indicating that abortion rights in 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision would be overturned this Summer.