17 anarchists arrested, weapons recovered after protest at L.A. County Sheriff’s Department

Protesters clash with deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department during protests following the death of Dijon Kizzee on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

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UPDATED 12:50 PM PT – Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Los Angeles sheriffs took 17 people into custody following a protest at their south station. Reports described the group as “aggressive anarchists” from out of town, who were looking to cause trouble.

The crowd was ordered to disperse. Authorities used crowd control munitions to push people back after they ignored the order.

Sheriffs later recovered knives, fireworks and fake press helmets from those taken into custody.

Protesters clash with deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department during protests on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif., following the death of Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

“We definitely want people to protest peacefully. But when the sun goes down, people that show up here, they’re not from the community. They’re armed to the teeth. They have rocks, bottles, lasers, fireworks, mortars, hard hats. They came here to cause trouble, to create damage.” – Sheriff Alex Villanueva, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department

Protests at the station earlier this week turned violent after rioters began throwing objects at deputies. Demonstrators have gathered for four nights in a row in protest against the shooting death of a Black man by sheriffs.

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