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Los Angeles police fired rubber bullets Sunday into a crowd of people demonstrating against police brutality near the LAPDs downtown headquarters breaking up an unauthorized splinter group of marchers who threw bottles vandalized bus stops and yelled obscenities In a scene reminiscent of clashes during the Democratic National Convention in August police in riot gear fired the nonlethal bullets after protesters began setting fires and throwing objects at officers who were trying to stop the demonstration from encircling the Los Angeles Police Departments Parker Center Until then the march by about 1000 people had been mostly peaceful No serious injuries were reported although two demonstrators were bleeding from minor injuries and eight others displayed welts and bruises LAPD Officer Don Cox said police arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon--a felony--after objects were thrown at police They were being held at Central Jail No officers were injured Cox said The protesters represented a coalition of activists united by anger over police brutality and the death penalty Most of the demonstrators wore black clothing as well as bandannas over their mouths and noses While the main demonstration in front of the LAPD headquarters on Los Angeles Street north of 1st Street remained peaceful about 200 protesters broke away to go around the rear of the building This is our time to take over Parker Center Lets surround it Armando Lopez 29 a psychology student at Rio Hondo College shouted through a loudspeaker at the crowd As the smaller group marched south on Los Angeles Street then east on 1st Street toward San Pedro Street some demonstrators vandalized bus shelters and an LAPD recruiting poster At the sight of a phalanx of police the crowd took up the chant Who let the pigs out At 340 pm police on foot and on horseback moved forward into the intersection of 1st and San
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