Anti-police brutality protestors marched along Broadway Street in downtown L.A., on April 7, 2015.

Protestors Want Cops to Clean Up Their Act

Coffins March in Los Angeles protests police violence

Pablo A. Unzueta
Apr 8, 2015 · Unlisted

By Pablo Unzueta


In the early morning of April 7, an estimated 50 coalitions gathered in four different locations in Los Angeles, Calif., along with independent participants. The march began at 9 a.m. eventually converging in Downtown Los Angeles in front of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Colorful life-sized paper coffins cluttered the streets as protestors chanted, “Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! These killer cops have got to go!”

Rebecca Lopez mourns after sharing her experience when her son, Gabriel Lopez, was unarmed and fatally shot by police inside his Los Angeles home after a dispute with his girlfriend occurred. April 7, 2015. Downtown L.A. 1st Street.

Karl Scott, a protestor said, “I’m here for the police brutality and for the lack of security that has been going on; this includes the neglect for the people of Skid Row.” Mothers mourned as they were given the opportunity to speak out for the first time. Rebecca Lopez wept as she talked about her son Gabriel Lopez, who was unarmed and fatally shot by police in Los Angeles inside his home.

“It’s hard to ask a mother what she remembers about her son. Like you and I, Gabriel had the right to live,” she said.

Keion Mc Dade (pictured) is the younger brother of Kendrec Mc Dade, 19, who according to McDade, was “run over, killed and handcuffed after a confrontation with Pasadena Police on March 24, 2012. Keion rides in the back of a stroller during an anti-police brutality protest on April 7, 2015. Downtown L.A. 1st Street.

“We do not feel safe with police occupying oppressed neighborhoods, because if they see a person of color they automatically assume they have a gun or sell drugs — whatever the case; I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees,” said Pete White, an activist who led a portion of the march.

An officer who requested to remain anonymous said, “People cannot assume that all cops are killers. There needs to be another side to the story. It seems that distrust and fear play a huge role in policing violent neighborhoods. You never know what could happen.”

A protestor verbally confronts a Los Angeles Police officer on April 7, 2015, during a anti-police brutality protest. Downtown L.A. Wall Street. (Police Station)

T.C Comings, an aspiring musician from San Bernardino, said, “It’s important for me to be here today. My cousin, Trayvon Williams, 22, was killed by San Bernardino Police Department not too long ago. I want to represent my family and friends who died in the hands of police.”

No arrests were reported. It remained peaceful throughout the demonstration.

Protestors gather in front of the area where Charly Keundeu aka ‘Africa’, 43, a homeless man of skid row, who was fatally shot by an LAPD officer during a confrontation on March 1, 2015. April 7, 2015. San Pedro Street. Downtown, L.A.

Photos by Pablo Unzueta

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