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

Image: ABC News

Tourist’s Body Found In Hotel’s Water Tank

Tourist's Body Found In Hotel's Water TankTourists staying at a Los Angeles hotel bathed, brushed teeth and drank with water from a tank in which a young woman’s body was likely decomposing for more than two weeks, police said. Elisa Lam’s corpse was found in the Cecil Hotel’s rooftop water tank by a maintenance worker who was trying to figure out why the water pressure was low Tuesday.

‘Suspicious death’

Lam’s parents reported her missing in early February. The last sighting of her was in the hotel on January 31, Los Angeles Police said. Detectives are now investigating the 21-year-old Canadian’s suspicious death, police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.

It was not clear whether the water presented any health risks. Results on tests on the water done Wednesday by the Los Angeles Public Health Department were expected later in the day. People who stayed at the Cecil since Lam’s disappearance expressed shock about developments.

‘Funny taste’

“The water did have a funny taste,” Sabrina Baugh told CNN on Wednesday. She and her husband used the water for eight days. We never thought anything of it. We thought it was just the way it was here… The shower was awful,” she said. “When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal.”

The hotel remained open after the discovery, but guests checking in Tuesday were told not to drink it, according to Qui Nguyen, who decided to find a new hotel Wednesday.

What do you think is the real cause of Elisa Lam’s death? And how did she end up in the water tank? Feel free to share your speculations with us here via the comment box below!

Source: Alan Duke, CNN

Image: NY Daily News