Los Angeles police withheld retaliatory fire after a protester shot rounds at law enforcement officials during the riots that swept through downtown L.A. late Friday and into Saturday morning, sources familiar with the matter told Breitbart News.
The incident occurred early Saturday morning between 12:30 and 1 a.m., when an unidentified protestor fired an estimated ten rounds from a small firearm in the direction of law enforcement near 5th and Main Streets, according to those sources.
Breitbart News was told by sources that the bullets missed and that LAPD officers showed restraint at the scene by not returning fire because the culprit was running away.
A spokesman for the LAPD confirmed that the police didn’t fire back, but couldn’t provide additional details. A source familiar with the events told Breitbart News that the individual was arrested by police.
The potentially deadly encounter would have inflamed an already volatile national atmosphere as rioters in cities around the country took to the streets in protest of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody.
Rioters began marching through downtown L.A. late Friday, with protestors blocking surface streets as well as sections of the busy 110 Freeway. Looters broke windows and stole merchandise from stores. Looting reportedly took place even after the LAPD declared unlawful assembly in the downtown area shortly before 9:30 p.m.
“Residents should stay inside — business should close — those on the street are to leave the area,” the LAPD announced on Twitter.
We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout Downtown LA.
From the 10 Fwy to the 101 & the 110 Fwy to Alameda—This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage. Residents should stay inside—Business should close—Those on the street are to leave the area
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 30, 2020
The L.A. protests reportedly began around 5:00 p.m. outside of City Hall before spreading throughout the downtown area, blocking numerous intersections. Rioting continued into early Saturday morning with crowds of protesters confronting police officers at multiple locations.
In one confrontation, a group of protesters gathered near Grand Avenue and 7th Street allegedly threw bottles full of urine and fecal matter at a line of police, who responded by pushing demonstrators back one block and urging them to disperse.
Six LAPD officers reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries during the Friday riots.
LAPD officials said that “hundreds” of people were arrested in connection with Friday’s protests, with one news outlet saying that arrests numbered 533.
“The Los Angeles Police Department continues to assess the full extent of property damage from last night’s protest activities. Several police vehicles were vandalized, and numerous downtown businesses were damaged and looted.”
Hundreds Arrested During Friday Night’s Protest
The Los Angeles Police Department continues to assess the full extent of property damage from last night’s protest activities. Several police vehicles were vandalized, and numerous downtown businesses were damaged and looted.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 30, 2020
LAPD Chief Michel Moore urged people to demonstrate peacefully.
“I am asking for all of Los Angeles to come together and find the ability to peacefully express individual and collective grievances while also maintaining the safety of all of Angelenos,” Moore said in a statement on Saturday.
The LAPD said it will be deploying “additional resources to maintain order” and to “ensure the safety and security” of individuals and businesses.