Dressed in Black, Protesters in Hollywood Decry Police Brutality Against African-Americans

More than a thousand protesters calling attention to police brutality in the U.S. gathered Saturday in the heart of Hollywood, hours after police shot a man near the Walk of Fame.

Some celebrities attended the #BlackOutHollywood protest, where protesters marching from Argyle Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard past the TCL Chinese Theatre chanted "Hands up, can't breathe."

The phrase is a mash-up of slogans used in protests against two grand jury decisions not to bring charges against white police officers who killed black men, which have sparked protests in L.A. and across the country.

On Nov. 24, a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, MO.

Ferguson decision and another grand jury decision last week not to prosecute a New York City policeman who choked a man to death during an arrest in July.

Organizers asked people attending Saturday's march to wear black clothes to symbolize what many see as a racial slant to the shootings, which observers have said frequently target black men.

Actor and singer Tyrese attended the protest, which was planned before the Friday night LAPD shooting, in which a man allegedly holding a pocket knife was killed at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue just before 7 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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