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Black Lives Matter

protesters who blocked L.A. freeway are 'vessels of change,' lawyer tells jury




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Demonstrators accused of blocking the 101 Freeway during a 2014 protest against police abuse were exercising their free-speech rights and used nonviolent action to make their point, a defense attorney told jurors on Thursday.

As the trial of seven Black Lives Matter protesters began in an East Los Angeles courtroom, attorney Caree Harper said the demonstrators wanted to improve the treatment of blacks and other people of color by law enforcement in Los Angeles and elsewhere, and compared their action to that of civil rights icons such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

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