Turmoil At WeHo Prop 8 Protests
I'm getting reader emails reporting after the Prop 8 rally in WeHo ended tonight, protesters moved onto Santa Monica Boulevard and blocked traffic. At this writing, police are on the scene and according to one JMG reader, the scene is "escalating and getting ugly." More on this once news reports emerge.
UPDATE: The situation appears to have resolved without notable incident.
UPDATE II: Some protesters were detained by the LAPD, who called a "tactical alert" after the crowd proved too large to handle.
The Los Angeles Police Department declared a tactical alert Wednesday night in an attempt to handle opponents of Proposition 8, who marched from West Hollywood to Hollywood to protest the passage of the initiative defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Protesters marched together on streets in West Hollywood and Hollywood. Several protesters stopped at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, blocking traffic in the busy intersection. An additional group of about 500 protesters gathered in the 6400 block of Sunset Boulevard, near CNN's Los Angeles Bureau, prompting the LAPD to declare a tactical alert because of the need for additional officers, some of whom were brought in from other stations, Officer Jason Lee of the LAPD Media Relations Section said. Some of them were detained, but "the overall indication is that the demonstrators and marchers are peaceful," Lee said.