Deaths of Black Citizens Ignite Protests in Los Angeles

Protests push against racism in southern California

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On June 2, more protests erupted throughout the region. Los Angeles Police Department officers in military gear push back on demonstrators in Hollywood, California. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.

The death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, set off protests, riots and marches throughout the United States and abroad. Organizations like Black Lives Matter opened up information for protests, along with specific local chapters. Black Lives Matter had their name chanted by demonstrators at gatherings, coupled with “I Can’t Breathe,” echoing the final cries of Floyd, just as Eric Garner had when he died from a chokehold placed on him by a New York City police officer, and other black men who said the same before their deaths. Los Angeles demonstrators of all ethnic backgrounds showed both their anger at the disregard for black lives and solidarity with the black community, demonstrating from May well into mid-June. Activists and organizations took to social media as well as the streets to show how activism can be demonstrated either through a screen or through homemade signs. Looting, marching, chanting and police confrontations took place at demonstrations from Beverly Hills to Long Beach.

Award-winning student photographer Pablo Unzueta has been documenting and capturing the protests in Los Angeles. These are some of his photos.

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A few days after George Floyd’s death, protests sparked across the nation. Throughout many cities, businesses were looted. On May 30, looters ransacked and vandalized businesses in Los Angeles on Fairfax Avenue. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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Fires were set on Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles on May 30.
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A young woman breaks down in tears and is counseled by others after police fired tear gas on Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles on May 30. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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Trash cans were set on fire and used as barricades against rubber bullets and tear gas canisters on Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles on May 30. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail, also known as a “poor man’s grenade,” towards officers on Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles on May 30. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles on May 30. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles on May 30. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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Anti-police brutality graffiti at Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles on May 30. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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On June 2, more protests erupted throughout the region. Los Angeles Police Department officers in military gear push back on demonstrators in Hollywood, California. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.
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Protesters from an apartment rooftop show solidarity with the march seeking justice for George Floyd on June 2 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.