The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) tweeted on Tuesday: "Last night DTLA experienced a spasm of violence. Our people did everything possible to quell the violence and will work to arrest those responsible for the vandalism and destruction. The city news service reported that dozens of protesters gathered in front of LAPD headquarters near Main and First Streets around 9:40 p.m. While officers were on duty, protesters took the opportunity to break down barriers outside the building.
Through social media, the department replayed a Scriberr News video where some of the protesters could be seen breaking and kicking out the front windows of a nearby building before fleeing the scene. Other videos allegedly caught several people burning American flags and a nearby building was vandalized with graffiti that said "kill more cops.
KCBS-TV in Los Angeles reported that some sort of smoke bomb or device was also detonated during the protests. Later, a protestor was also caught on video posted in front of a police vehicle in the middle of Spring St. where he shouted "kill me. do it, I fu***** dare you.” Later, the group moved south through the center of town, away from the police station, where at least one person was arrested.
It is not clear which group organized the protest. Earlier on Monday, the protesters had gathered in Glendale, California, about 8 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, to support Armenia in the midst of the conflict with Azerbaijan. Over the weekend, the protesters had already blocked the California highway to draw attention to the conflict between neighboring nations.
On Monday night, amid the escalation of violence in the city, authorities announced that a man was arrested on suspicion of crushing President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood walk of fame. James Otis, was dressed as the Incredible Hulk when he allegedly slashed the star with the president's name on it. The man who had expressed through his social networks the intention to name the star had already been arrested in 2016 for the exact same charge.
Investigators determined Otis' guilt through a series of local videos detailing the event. The defendant told LAPD he wanted to turn himself in for the recent crime" and went to the police station where he was questioned by detectives and later booked for vandalism. Bail was set at $20,000 and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce estimated the damage at over $3,000 according to LAPD.
Last time, Otis had stated: I admitted my mistakes and now I'm dealing with my consequences, unlike Mr. Trump, who has never admitted what he has done. The man is also the heir to the Otis Elevator Company fortune.