Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball.
But earlier this week, the UCLA baseball stadium named in his memory became a Los Angeles Police Department detention center for protesters participating in the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Student leaders of two black student groups at UCLA co-hosted a demonstration in protest of police brutality on campus Thursday.
Hundreds of students, UCLA staff and Westwood community members gathered at Royce Hall, where student leaders spoke about their demands, then marched across campus to the UCPD’s UCLA headquarters.
The Los Angeles Police Department used the Jackie Robinson Stadium parking lot as a detainment center. Several detainees said they sat handcuffed without access to food or water for hours. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)
This post was updated June 4 at 2:25 a.m.
Editor’s note: This article refers to protesters by their first names because of safety concerns following online harassment on Twitter.
“No justice, no peace,” chanted hundreds of protesters in Westwood Monday afternoon.
The protesters gathered despite social media announcements that the protest had been canceled. They chanted “Black lives matter,” and “Don’t shoot,” on sidewalks near the Wilshire Federal Building in Westwood.
Despite the cancellation of the event, protesters gathered at the intersection of Veteran Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard to demonstrate against police brutality.
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