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October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
Police in riot gear lined up Tuesday around the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office as protesters marched to demonstrate against the recent fatal shooting by a deputy of a 13-year-old boy holding a replica assault rifle. The officers stood stone-still as protestors shouted at them, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. They were protesting last week's killing of Andy Lopez, who was shot seven times. “Andy was a boy, he has [a] ... toy,” an unidentified protester yelled at officers, according to the newspaper.
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WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's government and opposition marchers were headed for a showdown Wednesday while several Caracas borough mayors defied a supreme court order that they clear barricades in parts of the capital where demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro have now entered a second month. Opponents to Maduro have organized a march in downtown Caracas in observance of the Flag Day national holiday, even as the government has vowed to stop marchers because they have no permit.
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March 21, 1993
Fearing a riot after a verdict in the Rodney G. King beating trial, the City Council last week approved the purchase of 30 helmets and riot gear for police officers and 10 bulletproof vests for firefighters at a cost of about $13,000. "There is a feeling there might be trouble following the verdict. We are going to be prepared," Mayor Harry A. Knapp said after the meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
Police in riot gear lined up Tuesday around the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office as protesters marched to demonstrate against the recent fatal shooting by a deputy of a 13-year-old boy holding a replica assault rifle. The officers stood stone-still as protestors shouted at them, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. They were protesting last week's killing of Andy Lopez, who was shot seven times. “Andy was a boy, he has [a] ... toy,” an unidentified protester yelled at officers, according to the newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1992 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Racially motivated fighting broke out Monday among hundreds of black and Latino students at North Hollywood High School, prompting a large police response to quell the disturbances. No injuries were reported. Four students were arrested in the fighting, police said. The school's principal, Catherine Lum, said the fighting began during the school's morning recess period and spread at lunch time. By 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1995 | JEFF LEEDS and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For the second time in 24 hours, a violent, bottle-throwing standoff Sunday night pitted Los Angeles police against some Lincoln Heights residents, in the wake of the shooting death of a teen-ager by police who say he pointed a semiautomatic pistol at them. Residents--mostly teen-agers and people in their 20s--hurled bottles and rocks, set trash dumpsters afire and shouted at police during the nearly three-hour melee.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
The People's March had just reached the edges of Steel City's downtown, at the halfway point in the three-mile protest, and Robert Shepherd's feet ached with each step. The gray-haired former bookstore clerk was one of several thousand peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets of Pittsburgh on Friday to call attention to a host of ills they attributed to the economic policies of the world leaders convening at the Group of 20 summit. It had been four decades since he had marched across college campuses to protest the war in Vietnam and to fight for civil rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Timothy Goldman was thinking nonstop about the verdicts in the Rodney G. King case last Wednesday when he gathered up his new video camera and headed for the intersection where rioting is said to have started. The 32-year-old amateur photographer's dramatic footage taken at Florence and Normandie avenues caught Los Angeles police officers apparently fleeing in the face of an angry crowd, which then attacked and beat passing motorists, looted stores and set fires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo, Andrew Blankstein and Tom Curwen
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for peace Sunday night as the Los Angeles Police Department dealt with scattered protests in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict. On Twitter, Garcetti quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: "Nonviolence is a powerful & just weapon..It is a sword that heals. " He also urged residents to "exercise 1st Amendment and practice peace in City of Angels tonight. " Garcetti's comments came as Los Angeles Police Department was trying to get a handle on pockets of protesters blocking traffic in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Joe Mozingo and Tom Curwen
The Los Angeles Police Department was trying to get a handle on pockets of protesters blocking traffic in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict Sunday night. Police patrol cars and motorcycle units were streaming into areas of Crenshaw Boulevard where some protesters standing in the streets, slowing traffic. TV footage showed demonstrators walking through traffic holding signs and placards. The LAPD called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Rosanna Xia and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
May Day rallies brought immigrant rights, labor and Occupy protesters onto Los Angeles streets Tuesday, snarling traffic and drawing a police force that at times outnumbered the demonstrators. Only several hundred people heeded the call from organizers to gather for the annual May Day immigrant and labor-rights march, echoing a similarly poor turnout last year. The numbers were a far cry from previous years when tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of marchers filled the streets to make Los Angeles the nation's focal point in the debate over immigration.
WORLD
December 25, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Several thousand protesters took to the streets of Tehran on Thursday and clashed with security forces in the latest round of unrest over Iran's disputed June presidential election, according to witnesses and amateur video posted on the Internet. The latest unrest in the nation's capital comes as Iran steels itself for a potential outbreak of violence around the country this weekend during Ashura, the annual commemoration of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad and a revered figure in Iran's Shiite Muslim faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2009 | By Larry Gordon
UCLA officials said Friday that they are investigating allegations that campus police used unnecessary force, including tasers and pepper spray, in dealing with large protests by students and union activists last month outside a campus building where the UC regents voted to raise student fees. About a dozen students and police suffered minor injuries during the Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 demonstrations, which attracted more than 2,000 people and a large police contingent in riot gear. In a letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, more than 100 UCLA faculty members expressed grave concern over police tactics and contended that protesters' freedom of expression was violated.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
The People's March had just reached the edges of Steel City's downtown, at the halfway point in the three-mile protest, and Robert Shepherd's feet ached with each step. The gray-haired former bookstore clerk was one of several thousand peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets of Pittsburgh on Friday to call attention to a host of ills they attributed to the economic policies of the world leaders convening at the Group of 20 summit. It had been four decades since he had marched across college campuses to protest the war in Vietnam and to fight for civil rights.
NEWS
July 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Police in riot gear used tear gas to break up a disturbance Sunday when possibly 2,000 youths in town to watch hydroplane races threw bottles and rocks at police officers. About a dozen youths were arrested, police said.
NEWS
August 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
Police and city officials blamed alcohol and gang members for a weekend riot that erupted downtown, resulting in 130 arrests, a few minor injuries and little property damage. The melee that spread across downtown began about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and continued through early Sunday. The violence marred the city's "Hot August Nights" celebration, but occurred after the sanctioned events had ended, officials said.
WORLD
March 16, 2009 | Associated Press
Several thousand people held anti-government protests in the Hungarian capital during a national holiday Sunday, and police detained 35 people. Dressed in riot gear, the police chased some of the protesters through the streets of Budapest and prevented them from reaching the parliament building, where violent protests had taken place in 2006. At one point, tear gas was used to drive back a small group of demonstrators that tried to attack police lines near St. Stephen's Basilica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
When local protests broke out this month over the Israeli invasion of Gaza, Los Angeles Police Department officials decided that officers at the scene should not immediately wear their riot helmets out of concerns the gear might escalate passions among the demonstrators. But the decision has now generated controversy after a protester hit an officer with the wood post of a protest sign during a march in Westwood.
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