Eric Garner #BlackOutHollywood Protest Shuts Down Hollywood Boulevard — PHOTOS
Around noon on Saturday, hundreds gathered on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — not for the typical star-studded movie premiere, but for a political protest. Marching on Los Angeles' most famous sidewalk, protesters at the #BlackOutHollywood event for Eric Garner chanted "I Can't Breathe" and "Black Lives Matter" as they disrupted traffic at the bustling Hollywood and Highland intersection. As the protest went on, the demonstrators staged a die-in, lying on top of each other in the street in the shadows of some of Hollywood's greatest tourist attractions.
According to local news source West Side Today, BlackOut Hollywood organizers planned to march west on Hollywood Boulevard for more than a mile. Organizers said that the march was not only for Garner, who died in Staten Island in July after police officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold, but also for local victims of police brutality, including a man who was shot and killed by LAPD officers on Hollywood Blvd. Friday night. The man was wielding a knife when the two police officers encountered him, KPCC reported.
The BlackOut Hollywood Facebook page reminded protesters that the event was "a peaceful march." Organizers added that the issue wasn't about race — black or white — but justice.
According to social media reports, several African-American actors and musicians, including R&B artist Tyrese Gibson, participated in Saturday's march. Gibson was involved with the die-in, laying on the ground with CNN contributor Steven Jones.
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Actress Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice) also stood in solidarity at Saturday's march.
Like the protests unfolding over the last several days, protesters chanted Garner's last words, "I can't breathe." Later in the march, the battle cry became more unified, turning into, "we can't breathe."
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