LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A bystander during a massive protest in Echo Park Thursday night over the removal of a large-scale homeless encampment in the area said she was knocked to the ground by Los Angeles Police Department officers.
“It was terrifying,” Becca Standt, 21, told CBSLA Wednesday. “I had no idea what was happening. It happened so quickly.”READ MORE: California Focusing On Urgent Projects As Wildfire Season Looms
Standt said she lives near Echo Park Lake and was watching protesters and police on Lemoyne Street last week when a group of officers came and shoved her.
“I fell backwards and smacked my head on concrete,” said Standt Wednesday. “I couldn’t hear anything and everything went pretty blurry.”READ MORE: Future Of Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Still In Question
A friend took her to urgent care but it was closed. Standt said she started vomiting the next morning and was taken to the emergency room, where she learned she had a concussion.
Echo Park neighborhood council president Zarinah Williams was in the group of protesters that night and said she watched Standt get injured.
“I saw her go flying. People were knocked out of their shoes, people’s belongings were scattered everywhere,” said Williams. “That’s how quickly it happened.”MORE NEWS: Paul Flores, Father Arrested In 1996 Disappearance Of Kristin Smart
CBSLA reached out to LAPD for comment. Officers said they are aware of the incident and there is a complaint investigation underway.