Seven people have been arrested for vandalizing and tearing down a statue of George Washington in downtown Los Angeles.
The incident occurred at the end of a protest titled "Black and Indigenous Solidarity Against Colonialism," which promised a 'special surprise" at the end of the event. After gathering at city hall, protesters moved across the street to Grand Park, where they defaced and toppled the statue.
According to one eyewitness, the crowd of several dozen shouted phrases such as "No justice, no peace," and "F--- the city, F---- the state, America was never great" during the protest.
The bronze statue has stood in the city since 1933 and is one of 30 copies of an original granite sculpture created in 1796 during Washington's second term.