By David Goldstein


LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Arrest reports of those in custody after protests locally of the Ferguson grand jury decision reveal that many are in their 20s and 30s and at least one is from New York City.

Overnight Wednesday, dozens were detained in downtown Los Angeles after being repeatedly asked to disperse.

In all, the Los Angeles Police Department said 183 demonstrators were arrested.

“There are some people that show themselves as transients. We have one, I’ve noticed, which was a college professor. So, we have everything in between,” Cmdr. Andy Smith of the LAPD told CBS2’s David Goldstein.

Of the 81 arrest reports that have been processed thus far, CBS2 found that 55 people live in the city of Los Angeles while 23 live in neighboring cities.

They listed Santa Monica, Orange, Downey, Azusa, Torrance, Moreno Valley and Anaheim Hills as their places of residence, to name a few.

Two were from Northern California and one from New York City.

As Goldstein reports, a 60-year-old man is the oldest while 15 arrestees are juveniles. Most are in their 20s and 30s.

Although there was one felony arrest, Goldstein says most were being processed on misdemeanor violations.

Normally, the LAPD says, many would have been released on their recognizance with an order to appear in court at a later date.

But in this instance, authorities are insisting on bail in the amount of $500.

“In this case, because these people are part of a protest that is continuing, they will not be released on their own recognizance,” Smith said.

Unless they post bail, police said, they’ll be in jail until Monday morning due to the holiday weekend.

Wednesday morning, a Los Angeles activist group tweeted: “LAPD is holding the protesters hostage by doing this.”

Despite those claims, police said they’re complying with the law.

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