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VIDEO: Crowd swarms pickup during Hollywood protest after driver strikes protester. As things get crazy, pickup speeds off.

Thursday night protests in Hollywood, California, saw one demonstrator struck by a vehicle as they were reportedly blocking the road.

What are the details?

According to
KABC-TV, demonstrators marched through Hollywood Thursday night in protest of police brutality and the recent indictment announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

During one incident, a pickup was seen attempting to maneuver its way through a crowd of protesters on Sunset Boulevard.

The LAPD, in a statement posted to Twitter, addressed one of the many incidents,
captioning it, “The LAPD is aware of an incident in Hollywood involving several vehicles and a large group of protesters. Here is the information we can verify at this time.”

The statement said, “Just after 7:00 pm Thursday evening, a group of more than 300 protesters marched through Hollywood. While there were isolated reports of vandalism, the group was largely peaceful. The group eventually made its way onto Sunset Boulevard.”

The LAPD said that a blue pickup truck that was traveling down Sunset Boulevard “became involved in an altercation” as it attempted to make its way through the crowd.

While attempting to get away from the protest, the driver reportedly struck a protester who was standing in the road. The protester was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

“Shortly after 9:00 pm a blue pick-up truck traveling on Sunset maneuvered through the crowd and became involved in an altercation,” the LAPD’s statement continued. “As the driver attempted to get away from the situation, he struck a protester standing in the street. That individual was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

What else?

A video shared on social media shows the moments leading up to the driver of the blue pickup truck striking the protester, who has what appears to be a sign in their hands and can be seen sliding on their back across the ground.

After the truck struck the protester, the crowd began to swarm the pickup. As tension built, the pickup driver sped off.

People can be heard screaming and shouting “Oh my God” as the driver leaves the scene.

A social media user shared the clip on Twitter, captioning it, “Full Clip, Truck hits protestor [sic], protestors [sic] swarm vehicle to apprehend/stop driver, Driver flees scene, runs completely over the protestor [sic] he hit.”

The LAPD in its statement did not confirm that the protester in question was “completely” run over as the driver left the scene, as reported on social media, or if the protester was in the direct path of the blue pickup truck as it drove away, striking them a second time.

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A second social media video shows what appears to be the moment demonstrators attempt to wrest open the blue pickup truck’s doors, which took place after the truck struck the protester and immediately before its driver fled the scene.

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LAPD officers urge leaders to ‘defend the police’ — not ‘defund the police’: ‘Leaders [need] to behave like leaders’ and stop bowing to ‘bully tactics’

Robert Harris, director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League and a 20-year veteran of the LAPD, spoke with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on Monday about officers’ hopes of receiving support from local government amid the “defund the police” movement.

What are the details?

During the conversation, he detailed the importance of local leaders supporting law enforcement rather than kowtowing to activists who are demanding that funds be stripped.

Faulkner began by pointing out how police officers staged their own protests over the weekend to fight against the “defund the police” movement, which took place on the heels of the City Council announcing its recent decision to slash the policing budget by $150 million.

“I think it adds to an already depressed environment in which our officers feel like they’ve abandoned by some leadership,” Harris said of the move.

A portion of the Los Angeles City Council’s resolution read, “We need to rethink what it is that makes people safer and makes communities stronger. We cannot just look at the police in isolation. There is no doubt that communities of color suffer disproportionately from negative interactions with the police.”

What are officers going to do?

Faulkner continued, asking about the means officers are willing to take in order to protect officers and their important role in maintaining law and order.

“Retired police officers are launching a political action committee … to help elect pro-police candidates. Do you think that that’s necessary?” Faulkner asked.

Harris responded by insisting that everything is “on the table.”

“I think everything is on the table at this point,” Harris answered. “I think if we are actually going to move forward and try to find some real solutions that improve police-public outcomes that help to professionalize our profession we can have those conversations. … But I think it’s important for leaders to behave like leaders, and to stop bowing down and doing the flip-flopping that we see just because of bully tactics from some individuals within our communities.”

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The LAPD has run out of cash and can’t pay officers overtime; morale is at ‘rock bottom’

The Los Angeles Police Department’s budget has been so depleted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and officers have been working so much due to the recent protests, that the department has run out of cash and can no longer afford to pay officers overtime, KTTV-TV reported.

Going forward, officers will be paid for overtime they work with additional paid time off, and the normal limit on the number of hours they can accrue has been lifted. But during a difficult time for the department, and with more budget cuts being pushed in the city council, morale low at the LAPD.

“It’s very disheartening,” Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said. “The officers have lost trust, they were told, cancel days off, cancel vacations, and we will pay you cash overtime, then a memo comes out that they have no more cash. The officers are not happy right now, aside from taking bottles, bricks, I don’t know what else they can handle and now to be told there’s no cash, they’re at their wit’s end.”

LAPD officers have worked about $40 million in overtime, during the recent protests and riots, that the city is unable to pay. Going forward, nonessential overtime has been canceled. Metropolitan Transit Authority overtime can potentially be cashed out when the budget is replenished.

The LAPD issued a statement on the matter:

The Los Angeles Police Department offers cash overtime to officers when it is available, and when those allotted amounts are depleted that compensation is offered in time.

The COVID-19 pandemic and full mobilization of the Department depleted that cash reserve before the end of the fiscal year and we transitioned to comp time last week.

Regarding MTA details, consistent with our notice officers will be compensated in time, and when the MTA reimburses the Department the officers’ time compensation will be converted to cash.

“It’s rock bottom, very, very low, they’re not robots, they’re human beings and to have city leaders turn their back on them in the midst of a pandemic as well as riots and protests, angry mobs that were attacking them on the front lines when they’re trying to protect life and property, it’s hard for them right now,” Sandoz said about officers’ morale.

The Los Angeles City Council budget committee moved forward with a proposal to cut up to $150 million from the LAPD budget for 2020-21, which will be considered by the full council.

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VIDEO: Two men attack security guards after refusing to wear masks inside a Target store

Two men were arrested after surveillance video caught them assaulting security guards when they were asked to wear masks at a Target store in California.

The surveillance video from May 1 shows the two men being escorted out of the Target in Van Nuys near Los Angeles by three guards when one takes a swing at a guard.

Another guard jumps in and is knocked down during the altercation. He suffered a broken arm during the fight when one of the suspects fell on top of him.

The men left the store but were later apprehended and arrested by police. The two men are believed to be homeless, according to ABC-7 News.

The men were charged with felony battery and held on $50,000 bail.

An official with the Los Angeles Police Department indicated that it was the fourth violent incident at the Van Nuys Target since the mask rules were put in place.

Los Angeles requires that anyone shopping wear a mask to stop the spread of coronavirus. There are more than 31,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles, with 1,530 deaths.

Here’s a news report on the altercation:

FACE COVERING FIGHT: Security guard suffers broken arm after confrontation over masks inside Target