Dozens Arrested, Carried Away in Handcuffs After Protest in Beverly Hills

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An overnight demonstration in Beverly Hills, quelled by police who declared it an unlawful assembly under a recently passed city ordinance banning most nighttime gatherings of 10 or more people, netted 28 arrests, a police sergeant said Saturday.

The arrests, mostly for unlawful assembly, were made about 1 a.m. and included one suspect being arrested on suspicion of arson, Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Thomas West told City News Service.

"Apparently, the suspect was (attempting) to light a building or something on fire,'' West said. "They (the arrestees) are here at our station being processed. Once they are processed, they can be cited out. With 28 people, it's just taking awhile."

Demonstrations began at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the area of Santa Monica Boulevard, between North Alpine and North Rexford drives, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.

About 100 protesters sat in the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard at Rexford Drive, just before 8 p.m., impacting traffic, police said.

The demonstration then moved northbound onto a residential portion of Rodeo Drive, north of Santa Monica Boulevard and stopped briefly at the Beverly Hills sign at Beverly Gardens Park, 9439 Santa Monica Blvd., the department said.

From the park, protesters marched along Santa Monica Boulevard to Rexford Drive, then north on Rexford Drive to Carmelita Avenue, where police declared an unlawful assembly at 11:40 p.m.... (Read more)