If four officers would have been arrested and charged over a week ago, thousands of arrest paperwork could have been saved. The Associated Press states 10,000 people were arrested amid protests over the killing of George Floyd.
The report states arrests in Los Angeles make up over a quarter of the national number. The charges are largely composed of minor offenses like failure to disperse and curfew violations.
Kath Rogers, executive director of the Los Angeles office of the National Lawyers Guild expressed her surprise at the number of arrests and that some are the result of being in the wrong place and wrong time.
“I’ve been here for two years and we go to hundreds of demonstrations, but I’ve never seen rubber bullets flying like this, tear gas used this way,” she said.
“I’ve been here for two years and we go to hundreds of demonstrations, but I’ve never seen rubber bullets flying like this, tear gas used this way,” she added.
The cities with the largest numbers after L.A. include New York, Dallas, and Philadelphia. Hundreds of citizens were arrested on burglary and looting charges.
The governor of Minnesota states 80 percent of the participants in demonstrations in the state were from different states, however, 41 of the 52 arrests from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon had Minnesota driver’s licenses.