Hollywood protesters stage die-in over police shootings

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- More than 1,000 protesters filled the streets of Hollywood Saturday afternoon, blocking traffic and staging a die-in a day near where Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a man the previous night.

At about noon, demonstrators began marching from Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Place to Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, chanting "hands up, don't shoot."

The protest, dubbed #BlackOutHollywood, remained peaceful. Demonstrators hope to voice their frustration with officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and Ferguson, Missouri and the chokehold death of a man in New York City.

Protesters also staged a die-in on Hollywood Boulevard near the Dolby Theatre, where people lay in the streets to promote change. Actor Tyrese Gibson also participated in the march and die-in.

Actor Tyrese Gibson participates in a Hollywood protest against police shootings on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.


Photo courtesy of Jasmyne Cannick

"I just hope that people realize that black lives matter. This is important. Everyone has to stand up for what is right," Oakland resident Charles Jim-George said.

The protest comes a day after LAPD officers responding to a report of a stabbing shot and killed a man wielding a knife at Hollywood and Highland. The coroner has not yet identified the man.

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