Sunday, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter tweeted their “Two national demands.”
During Saturday’s demonstration, chants of “disrupt white capitalism,” “f*ck the police” and “f*ck white capitalism” were led.
Per DailyWire, Black Lives Matter activists who led an organizing rally in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon condemned “killer cops,” encouraged attendees to “disrupt white capitalism,” then announced the event had “officially closed” shortly before some participants clashed with police.
Featured speakers energized a diverse crowd with anti-law enforcement rhetoric. Kendrick Sampson, an activist who also stars on the HBO series Insecure, repeatedly asked the audience to recite Black Lives Matter’s two national demands: “Prosecute killer cops,” they answered in unison. “Defund police.”
Thousands met at Pan Pacific Park in the city’s Fairfax District “to organize and build power,” event planners said. The Black Lives Matter-led gathering was held “in the name of George Floyd and the 601 people murdered by police in L.A. County since 2012.” Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on March 25 while being arrested by a white Minneapolis police officer. The circumstances of his death have sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that have sometimes descended into lawlessness.
Organizers led attendees to the busy intersection of 3rdStreet and Fairfax Avenue, near a popular high-end retail mall called The Grove. Demonstrators blocked traffic as the rally continued. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors explained the location’s significance over a bullhorn, describing it as “the shopping industry” and “the heart of capitalism.”
Dr. Melina Abdullah, lead organizer of Black Lives Matter’s L.A. chapter, led call and response chants of “disrupt white capitalism,” a concept she believes is the root cause of police violence in America. Abdullah, who is also a college professor, went on to drop a string of expletives that seemingly foreshadowed what was to come after the rally would end.
“F*** the police,” she shouted into the megaphone. “F*** white capitalism. F*** The Grove. F*** 3rdand Fairfax. F*** Beverly Hills.”
By nightfall, stores at every shopping district Abdullah mentioned had been vandalized and looted, and several LAPD cruisers in the Fairfax District were reportedly set on fire.