Protests Continue Around the Crescenta Valley

Photo by Brandon HENSLEY
At a protest on Sunday, people lined Angeles Crest and Foothill Boulevard to show their support of social justice in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

By Robin Goldsworthy and Brandon Hensley

Protests and demonstrations continued in the nation and in the Crescenta Valley following the May 25 death of George Floyd. On Thursday at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital personnel participated in the nationwide “White Coats for Black Lives” movement. According to a statement from the hospital, medical staff was invited to come out and stand or take a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds in solidarity for the black community demanding change.

In La Cañada on Sunday afternoon, the intersection of Angeles Crest and Foothill Boulevard was crowded with protestors waving signs and chanting in support of social justice. Most of the vocal protestors were teenagers and the event was peaceful. Most drivers appeared supportive by honking car horns – a sound that was heard for most of the protest.

During a march in Montrose last week, reportedly organized by high school and college students, there was an incident between protestors and Glendale police motor officers. According to witnesses, when the protestors were in the intersection of Verdugo Road and Honolulu Avenue they began asking the police to take a knee in solidarity and approached the motorcycle officers, who revved their engines. There were other actions taken by officers that witnesses at the protest said they felt were aggressive.

“We are aware of the incident and I have ordered an investigation,” said GPD Chief Carl Povilaitis.