Protest Prompts Tactical Alert, Echo Park Lake Fence Installed Under LAPD Watch
Key News Editor
Echo Park, Los Angeles: The city has repair plans for Echo Park Lake and that entails closing the area and clearing a large homeless encampment from the park. On Wednesday evening, Mar. 24, 2021. a large crowd of advocates for homeless gathered to protest the clearing of the encampment, prompting the Los Angeles Police Department to issue a city wide tactical alert around 10:20 p.m. after declaring an unlawful assembly and orders for dispersal. Protestors clashed with police as the officers tried to clear the area. Three dispersal orders were issued within an hour. Around 8 p.m. Glendale Boulevard was closed, and the California Highway Patrol closed the Echo Park off-ramp from the Northbound 101 Freeway around 10:00 p.m.
According to a LAPD Headquarter's tweet, a designated protest zone was established on Glendale Boulevard north of the park. Police will continue to stay on the scene for the installation of the fencing Wednesday night. LAPD HQ in a tweet said the officers have received projectiles and refusals from individuals blocking streets in the area.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore stated in a tweet that "those already inside the park in tents will be allowed to remain overnight. No one else may enter. 24 hour notice for those in the park to leave. Housing resources are being provided to everyone."
Oscar Sol Photojournalist, Key News Network