LAPD arrests dozens and fires rubber bullets after being attacked during violent protest against transgender rights in which members of Proud Boys and Antifa clashed outside a spa in Koreatown
- LAPD arrested dozens of people during a violent protest against transgender rights and fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse the crowd
- Members of the Proud Boys and Antifa reportedly clashed on the streets of downtown LA outside a spa in Koreatown
- Videos emerged showing police in full riot gear beating back protesters with batons, graffiti covering buildings and attacking a reporter
- LAPD said in a statement on Twitter that smoke bombs and other projectiles were thrown at officers trying to disperse the crowd
- Police found stun guns, knives and pepper spray were seized
- The riot stemmed from a viral Instagram video of an irate customer who complained to Wi Spa staff that a transgender woman was in the women’s area of the spa
Los Angeles police arrested dozens of people during a protest against transgender rights and fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse the unruly crowd that turned violent when Proud Boys and Antifa members clashed outside a spa in Koreatown.
LAPD said in a statement on Twitter that smoke bombs and other projectiles were thrown at officers trying to disperse the crowd, and stun guns, knives and pepper spray were seized.
Videos appeared on social media showing police in full riot gear beating protestors with batons. Another video shows a cop firing a rubber bullet at someone at close range.
The videos contain no information about what happened before or after the incidents. DailyMail.com left messages for the Los Angeles Police Department for more information.
Another video shows buildings covered in graffiti, and a Guardian reporter covering the protest was pushed to the ground and attacked by a right-wing extremist she tried to interview.
“I was just thrown to the ground by right-wing anti-pedophile protesters when a mob approached and chased me,” Guardian reporter Lois Beckett said on Twitter with a video of the attack.
“They were throwing water at me and yelling about Jesus and telling me to get my phone. The police wouldn’t let me through the police line, but after I was thrown to the ground, they did.”
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Officers fired rubber bullets to disperse the unruly crowd. A video shows a person being hit in the stomach
A protester hit in the stomach with a rubber bullet crumbles to the ground
Police attack protesters who threw things like smoke bombs at officers, according to LAPD
Police were seen in videos hitting protesters with batons
LAPD released this statement on Twitter along with photos of what was seized
The free-for-all scene set in downtown LA stemmed from a video posted to Instagram earlier this month of an irate customer complaining to Wi Spa staff that a transgender woman was in the women’s area of the spa. used to be.
The Instagram user – “cubanaangel” – ranted at the staff for more than three minutes.
“Wi Spa admits a man into the women’s wet spa area, where all the women are naked, mothers with their young daughters and teenagers,” Cubanaangel wrote.
“The Wi Spa only allowed the man access because he calls himself a woman. This man was naked, showing his testicles and penis swinging from side to side for young girls, teens and mature women. Where is our world going.’
The video sparked controversy after the spa defended its policy to allow transgender customers into its facilities.
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Cubanaangel wrote this message accompanying the Instagram video posted earlier this month. It has gained traction in recent weeks, sparking outrage and the protest on Saturday
Police declared an illegal rally outside the spa in Koreatown around 11 a.m. Saturday when protesters against transgender access to the spa’s facilities clashed with counter-protesters.
det. Meghan Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the LAPD, did not have an immediate arrest count as authorities were still processing and screening those arrested to see if anyone needed medical treatment.
She said no officer was injured and no protester was transported to hospitals.