Skip to Content

Multiple LAPD Officers Caught on Video Shoving and Knocking Down Roe v. Wade Protesters and Reporters

5:17 PM PDT on June 27, 2022

Photo by Lexis-Olivier Ray for L.A. TACO.

Hundreds of people gathered in Pershing Square on Friday to protest the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that paved the way for safe and legal abortions.

Speakers from various community organizations spoke about how the overturning of Roe will impact mostly poor communities of color primarily. 

“I want to set the stage with centering Black people because we know that Black people are going to be most impacted by this issue much like they're both impacted by every single other issue in this country,” Sheila from Black Lives Matter-LA said. “Abortion is health care, and health care is a human right.”

At around 6:15 PM, roughly 1,000 protesters began marching towards Los Angeles City Hall. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers mobilized immediately and briefly facilitated a path for protesters with their vehicles. A legal observer said in a tweet later that organizers of the protest discussed their plans with LAPD.

At city hall, a few more speakers addressed the crowd before the protest came to a close at around 7 PM. Almost immediately though, another group splintered off from the protesters at city hall and began marching towards the 101 Freeway.

When a group of a dozen or so protesters made a beeline for a freeway on ramp, police used vehicles to cut them off and quickly set up a skirmish line, preventing the crowd from advancing further. An L.A. TACO reporter saw a single soda can thrown in the direction of LAPD officers before they began using batons against protesters. Department of Homeland Security Police also responded since protesters were within the vicinity of the Federal Building on Los Angeles Street.

At the same time, another group shutdown a section of the 101 Freeway during rush hour traffic. In a video captured by freelancer Mike Ade, LAPD officers toss Jodie Sweetin, an activist and former “Full House” star, into a group of protesters. Ade reported that Sweetin was attempting to lead the group off the freeway. 

At around 7:45 PM, our staff reporter Lexis-Olivier Ray was violently shoved by an LAPD Metro Division officer while recording. Freelancer Joey Scott was similarly jabbed in the stomach with a baton, sending him flying into a stationary vehicle. Later Scott said that the impact was hard enough to crack his helmet. And throughout the night, the pushing and shoving continued. 

Early attacks on journalists and protesters set the tone for the rest of the evening. In one video that has been watched more than 1.5 million times on Twitter, indie journalist Tina-Desiree Berg is hit in the head by a police officer before another officer, who towers over Berg, shoved her violently to ground while she holds a camera. “We’re trying to protect you,” the officer said afterwards. Five other cameras caught the attack.

On behalf of the LA Press Club, journalist Adam Rose collected examples of police interactions with journalists; both good and bad. In total, Rose has identified at least 10 instances in which press freedom rights were allegedly violated. 

Chief Moore told the LA Times that officers were overwhelmed at times by protesters throwing rocks, bottles and fireworks at them. And one protester who allegedly used an aerosol can to create a “flamethrower.” Lexis-Olivier Ray, our staff writer, documented two fireworks exploding less than five feet away from him. 

As the evening went on, the amount of protesters on the streets diminished. At times, people who either lived in the neighborhood or were having a night out, got caught between police lines. 

Lucas Charbonneau, an L.A. TACO supporting member, told us that he was at an Ethiopian jazz show downtown when a small group of protesters stormed the venue and “blended in with the crowd,” presumably to avoid detection and possible arrest. “I saw about 20 to 30 protesters rush in the door to the concert…which kind of put me on edge. But for the most part, no one even knew shit was going down right outside the doors.”

Already a user?Log in

Thanks for reading!

Register to continue

Become a Member

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Spot Check! Caviar Cakes, Champurrado Pot de Creme, Tamal Ice Cream, and Free Elote From Becky G

You can also party with L.A.'s first Black women-owned dispensary, enjoy a Lebanese legend past midnight, and pair quesabirrias with funnel cakes.

September 29, 2023

The Seven Best Tacos Along Metro’s K Line, From Crenshaw to Inglewood

The K Line is Metro's newest light rail line that cruises through the heart of Black Los Angeles, from Nipsey Square to Leimert Park. The taco scene along this route is all about hustle, featuring some of the cities must under-the-radar community gems like a historic L.A. taquería with a killer red salsa, lightly crunchy "enchilada tacos," and so much more. Next stop: flavor.

September 29, 2023

Is Hollywood’s Walk of Fame The World’s Worst Tourist Attraction?

A local news station scanned Google, TikTok, and other online reviews to cherry-pick a handful that calls the Boulevard "grubby, slightly scary... dirty, unsafe" and "one of the worst tourist attractions on the planet." We weighed in on the subject.

September 28, 2023

The Eight Best Punk Bars and Venues in Los Angeles

This may be the last generation of beautifully grimy punk bars and venues in a city that is overdeveloping all of these counterculture community spaces into the post-gentrification abyss. Go and support by buying drinks at all these places to make sure they stick around for the next generation.

September 27, 2023

L.A.’s Best Secret Ecuadorian Restaurant Opens Weekends Only at This Wilshire Blvd. Cafe

On weekends,Cafe Fresco transforms into one of the rare places in the city to find seco de chivo, llapingachao, guatita, and other regional Ecuadorian eats.

September 26, 2023
See all posts