Police and protesters clashed in Los Angeles — with some demonstrators claiming cops threatened them with arrest for using cardboard and boogie boards as makeshift shields.
Hundreds gathered Wednesday for the third consecutive night of protests in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, which took a violent turn around 11 p.m. when the crowd continued their march into the Third Street tunnel and were corralled by police, City News Service reported, according to NBC Los Angeles.
One protester, only identified as Matthew, said officers on the east end of the tunnel fired rubber bullets at the crowd, with cops telling him they’d been attacked by demonstrators.
Police closed in on the crowd from both sides of the tunnel, as some protesters used bicycles and umbrellas to fight them off, according to NBC.
Some protesters tweeted that the Los Angeles Police Department trapped them in the tunnel and declared their “shields” weapons.
“LAPD has stated it is illegal to protest with a shield,” one person tweeted, with a video showing the wall of cops in riot gear. “They offered one minute for shields to be surrendered, or those with shields are subject to arrest.”
The department did not immediately return a request for comment.
Another posted, “F–K LAPD! They made us drop our shields, (that were made of cardboard and boogie boards), declared them weapons, then corner is in a TUNNEL and started charging at us and shooting left and right while we were all stuck with no protection.”
The tweet was accompanied by a photo of the makeshift protective gear.
Throughout the night, protesters blocked traffic at intersections and spray painted anti-police slogans on buildings including the US Bank tower.
Protests in LA and other cities have resumed following the police shooting of Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday. The dad of six, who is black, was shot by a white police officer seven times as he tried to get into his car.