Traffic was brought to a standstill in Los Angeles on Friday as protesters blocked the streets in reaction to the killing of George Floyd. Tense scenes between armed riot police and protesters could be seen as fireworks exploded over demonstrators and explosions could be heard.
«There's really nothing else we can do at the moment but let our voices be heard. Although I'm a staunch anti-gun advocate, what else do you do if you're being killed by the police?» said a protester attending the demonstrations.
Several protesters held signs, including some reading, «Who do you call when the police are murderers,» and «Police brutality (racism) is a preventable cause of death.»
A wave of protests began on Tuesday, just a day after Floyd's death, but have since descended into riots, complete with lawlessness, brawling and looting.
The rallies were sparked after the death of a 46-year-old African American in Minneapolis on Monday, after a police officer was recorded kneeling on his neck for nearly ten minutes.
The police officer who was seen putting his knee on the back of Floyd's neck was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.