Things seem to be going from bad to worse in Los Angeles as roaming bands of young people took to the streets last night to rob, assault, and commit acts of vandalism. The trouble was in an area where many tourists visit, making the situation especially dangerous to innocent bystanders.
Los Angeles Police report being inundated by calls starting around 9 p.m. last night. Callers reported packs of youths who were roaming along Hollywood Boulevard attacking innocent people. The groups, who were in multiple packs of around 40 people, splintered into even smaller groups of around 10 – 15 and spread throughout the area robbing and assaulting anyone they could get their hands on.
Police say the crimes don’t appear to be related to the George Zimmerman acquittal, but as we pointed out yesterday, the riots over the last couple of days had very little to do with the trail to begin with. These actions seem to be people taking advantage of a bad situation in order to spread chaos throughout the country.
Police believe the packs of thugs were organized groups who definitely knew each other. Although some arrests were made, a majority of the criminals remain at large and could hit the streets yet again tonight.
There are people who are looking to take advantage of this tension, and push this situation into overdrive. We advise anyone who lives in one of these large populated urban areas, or is visiting one on vacation, to be extremely cautious and to stay vigilant over the next couple of weeks.
Here is video footage from a Los Angeles News Outlet (video may be a bit choppy, it’s being streamed from their site)