Zimmerman Protesters Storm Los Angeles Streets

Zimmerman Protesters Storm Los Angeles StreetsProtesters ran through Los Angeles streets Monday night, breaking windows, attacking people on sidewalks and raiding a Wal-Mart store, while others blocked a major freeway in the San Francisco Bay area in the third night of demonstrations in California over George Zimmerman’s Florida acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

‘Vandalism’

Fourteen people were arrested after multiple acts of vandalism and several assaults in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. One man was seen in the street with a head injury and a TV crew received minor injuries in an assault.

More than 300 officers were called to the scene and were at first slow to directly engage protesters in an attempt to allow a peaceful end to the demonstration, police Chief Charlie Beck told a press conference. But the chief said police would take a much stricter posture in the coming nights.


‘Unlawful assembly’

Several hundred mostly peaceful protesters had gathered at Leimert Park southwest of downtown, many of them chanting, praying and singing. But a smaller group of between 100 and 150 people splintered off, blocked traffic on nearby Crenshaw Boulevard, jumped on cars and broke windows at liquor stores and fast food outlets. Several protesters ran into a Wal-Mart store and knocked down displays before store security chased them out. Police began guarding the door.

TV news helicopters showed some people kicking and punching others along the street, including two people sitting on a bus bench. Police declared an unlawful assembly about three hours after it began, and most of the crowd left the street.

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Source: Racquel Maria Drilon | Associated Press, Yahoo! News

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Asiana Airlines To Proceed With TV Station Lawsuit Over Fake Pilot Names

Asiana Airlines To Proceed With TV Station Lawsuit Over Fake Pilot NamesAsiana Airlines says it will proceed with its planned lawsuit against an Oakland, California, television station, but it’s not going to pursue legal action against the National Transportation Safety Board.

‘Inaccurate and offensive’

Over the weekend, the Korean airline had said it would sue both entities after an intern at the NTSB mistakenly confirmed “inaccurate and offensive” names as those of the pilots of Flight 214, which crash-landed nine days ago at San Francisco International Airport. The bogus names that phonetically spelled out phrases such as “Something Wrong” and “We Too Low” were read during KTVU’s noon broadcast Friday. The airline called the report “demeaning” and said it was “reviewing possible legal action.”

On Monday morning, the airline seemed to have a partial change of heart, at least concerning the NTSB. Airline spokesman Na Chul-hee said Asiana has retained a U.S. law firm to file a defamation claim against the TV station. But, he said, the company didn’t have plans to file a separate suit against the NTSB.


‘Erroneously confirmed’

The NTSB apologized for the “inaccurate and offensive” names, which it said were erroneously confirmed by a summer intern. A government official with knowledge of the situation said Monday the intern is no longer with the agency. It was not immediately clear who produced the fake names, but the NTSB said it was not the intern. The NTSB said it does not release or confirm the identities of crew members or other people involved in transportation accidents.

Asiana Flight 214 was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members when it crash-landed on July 6 on the runway after striking a seawall. Three passengers died, including a girl who died of her injuries Friday morning. More than 180 others were injured.

Do you think the pilot involved in this accident didn’t have sufficient experience in flying the said plane? Who do you think gave those fake names? Feel free to share your opinion with us!

Source: Yoonjung Seo and Ashley Fantz | CNN

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