First we recommend you do a search on “mostly peaceful” just to get an idea how absurd the media coverage of these violent mobs has been. As John Hayward says, things haven’t been so peaceful since the Occupy mobs ran amok back in late 2011. Anyway, it’s going to be difficult to portray violent mobs as “mostly peaceful” much longer.
Los Angeles officials late Monday night commended police in their response to violence following a protest of the George Zimmerman verdict and vowed to crack down on similar actions beginning Tuesday.
About 350 Los Angeles Police Department officers swarmed the Crenshaw district after groups of youths broke away from a peaceful protest in Leimert Park and stomped on cars, broke windows, set fires and attacked several people. Among those attacked were a television reporter and his cameraman, according to law enforcement authorities.
Late Monday, at least 13 people were arrested on suspicion of committing various offenses, the LAPD said. Reporter Dave Bryan and his cameraman, both of whom work for Channels 2 and 9, were attacked and one of them was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion, Lt. Andy Neiman told The Times.
Police estimated that about 150 people took part in the violence after the peaceful vigil at Leimert Park following the acquittal of Zimmerman, 29, on Saturday in Florida on second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.
At a late-night news conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti blamed the violence on a “a small group [that] has taken advantage of this situation.”
Garcetti also thanked the angry mob for practicing peace. Yes, really.
“I commend the prayer rally attendees in Leimert Park for practicing peace,” tweeted LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who returned early from an East Coast visit. “I call on people in street on Crenshaw to follow their example.”
Instead of “mostly peaceful,” we’ll soon be reminded it’s just a “small group” that’s turned violent. Tell that to the news crews recovering from their injuries. Meanwhile, up in Oakland, the largely peaceful mob attacked a Comerica Bank and, apparently confused by the name George Zimmer, went nuts on a Men’s Wearhouse. Strange way to practice peace, huh?