Police Cruiser Strikes Breonna Taylor Protesters During Los Angeles March

A protest on the anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death in Los Angeles erupted into violence on Saturday night.

Videos on social media showed demonstrators started marching peacefully through the streets of Hollywood during the day.

But as night fell, protesters faced off against police in riot gear near the intersection of Vine Street and Lexington Avenue.

At around 10 p.m., Vishal Singh tweeted that "LAPD just ran over two protesters at the Hollywood Breonna Taylor march."

Singh, a reporter, posted a video that showed the police cruiser speeding forward, knocking off two protesters who had climbed onto the car's hood.

Several people are seen chasing after the vehicle as it sped away from the scene, while others confront a line of officers about the incident nearby.

"One of your guys just ran somebody over, are you f***ing kidding me right now?" a woman is heard saying to the officers.

"Ppl asking why the protesters who got hit by LAPD's car jumped on the hood... uh... cuz when you're getting hit by a car YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE UNDER IT," Singh wrote in a later tweet.

Singh also shared another video that showed officers firing less-lethal rounds at protesters, and said that police also targeted reporters.

"LAPD throwing down protesters and opening fire at point blank range," Singh wrote. "Officers shot, beat, and arrested many activists as well as members of the press who were merely documenting."

Another video from the scene appeared to show a police officer being struck with an object.

LAPD Cop gets WRECKED by A/C unit in Hollywood. Justice for Breonna Taylor. #hollywood #BreonnaTaylor #fuckthepolice #FTP pic.twitter.com/ciSswO9cxR

— CHIP NOOO (@chip_nooo) March 14, 2021

#LosAngeles currently going up at an action for #BreonnaTaylor. LAPD attacking activists and protesters are fighting back. We recommend you watch the whole video.

Via @chip_nooo pic.twitter.com/KEbTP1w6Sg

— The Activated Podcast (@TheActivatedPod) March 14, 2021

It wasn't immediately clear what the object was, but some identified it as an air conditioning unit while others said it was a microwave or computer desktop.

The officer is seen kicking the object seconds after being hit with it, causing it to smash to pieces.

A longer video shows the object was hurled at the officer moments after several officers engaged in a confrontation with protesters, and fired less-lethal rounds at them.

The Los Angeles Police Department has been contacted for comment.

Los Angeles was one of several cities that protested Taylor's death on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Black woman was killed during a botched drug raid at her apartment in the early hours of March 13, 2020. Louisville officers broke down her door, prompting Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker to fire his gun once, striking an officer. Three officers fired a total of 32 shots into the apartment, killing Taylor.

Breonna Taylor protest
People march on the West Side Highway in a protest to mark the one year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death on March 13, 2021 in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

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