LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted a news conference while Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was speaking, prompting a large response from more deputies.
Villanueva, and several other city officials, were scheduled speak Tuesday morning in support of crime victims in front of the Hall of Justice on Temple Street in Downtown Los Angeles.READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
But when protesters showed up, the group was declared an unlawful assembly and deputies in tactical helmets and carrying crowd control shields were called out to push them off Hall of Justice property. They stood at the top of the Hall of Justice’s steps to keep protesters on Temple Street and away from the news conference.
BLM leaders say they aren’t here to protest crime victims. They are here to protest what they call the sheriff’s exploitation of those victims. BLM says their interests align with that of crime victims and their protest is against the Sheriff, not victims. pic.twitter.com/yEeIyoktsZ
— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) April 20, 2021READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman
Protesters called for the ouster of Villanueva, who said during the conference that BLM doesn’t seem to be protesting violent crime increases, and that they must be “smoking something” if they believe defunding law enforcement will make crime go away.
Leaders of BLM, however, say they are protesting Villanueva’s exploitation of crime victims.MORE NEWS: Stars Show Out To Celebrate Emmy Nominations Ahead Of Big Show
No injuries or arrests have been reported.