L.A. Sheriff’s Department Arrests Anarchists; Fake ‘Press’ Helmets Found

LASD Kizzee protest (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)
Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) arrested roughly a dozen people during clashes with anarchists at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in South Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The violence marked the latest clashes after the shooting death of a black man, Dijon Kizzee, last week. Kizzee reportedly fought police and had a gun. Video evidence could not confirm whether he had reached for the gun, as police alleged at the time.

Bill Melugin of local FOX affiliate KTTV reported that the crowd of “anarchists” was more “aggressive” than in previous nights.

Footage posted from the scene shows anarchists screaming obscenities at the LASD officers.

Melugin reported:

LASD tells FOX 11 they gave the crowd an order to disperse when the crowd began “gearing up” and was standing in the street at Imperial and Normandie.

When the order was ignored, LASD began using crowd control munitions to push the crowd down Normandie, and many of them fled into nearby neighborhoods.

LASD arrested roughly a dozen of the protesters, who they suspect are not from the South LA community and came to the protest to agitate.

Deputies tell FOX 11 they recovered knives, poles, and fireworks from those they arrested.

Melugin added that many of the anarchists were equipped with fake “PRESS” helmets to table them to pose as journalists — a tactic they seem to have borrowed from rioters in Portland, Oregon.

Riots and protests continued in other American cities, including Portland, last night.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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